It’s surprising to everyone when a marginalized person chooses to support the political party that advocates for their marginalization.
No one is surprised when white, heterosexual, right-wing nutjobs like Ted Nugent or Kid Rock get behind a racist, xenophobic, misogynistic candidate like Trump. Celebrities of color like Kanye West, Dennis Rodman, or even Civil Rights activists like Jim Brown supporting a man who speaks to his supporters’ racism and retweets racist lies about communities of color come as far more of a surprise.
The biggest surprise of all, though, came from Caitlyn Jenner. Since Trump chose a running mate who doggedly fought to restrict the rights of LGBTQ folks as the governor of Indiana, even signing bills allowing businesses to openly and legally discriminate against them, Jenner’s support of Trump stunned the country.
Jenner has announced repeatedly that she votes GOP and said that coming out as a conservative Republican was tougher than coming out as transgender. It was a difficult claim to stomach in light of the number of trans men and women who died as a result of hate crimes in the past year alone.
In what will be a head-spinning move if it comes to pass, Trump’s advisers are rumored to be asking the new president-elect to dance with Caitlyn Jenner during his inaugural celebration. According to one Republican source inside the Trump team:
‘The image of Trump dancing with Caitlyn would send a strong message that he supports gay rights and trans rights. A picture is worth a thousand tweets.’
Jenner tweeted on Wednesday that she was headed to the inauguration to support Trump and to stand as an activist for the LGBTQ community.
Republicans need help understanding LGBTQ ?️? issues and I’m here to help!
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) January 18, 2017
One representative for Jenner has denied that the transgender celebrity was asked to dance with the president-elect, making groan-inducing and idiotic jokes that in that particular situation, “who would lead?” The source inside the Trump team, however, confirms that the offer was made.
Should the rumors be true, here’s to hoping that Jenner makes sure to dance directly in front of Mike Pence. When the dance is over, it remains to be seen what “help” Jenner has offered that may actually affect change in the GOP stance on marginalizing LGBTQ folks.
For more on Jenner and her political views, see video below:
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