Caitlyn Jenner: All Republican Guys Care About Equality

During the second season premierE of I Am Cait last night, Caitlyn Jenner revealed that not only is she still faithful to her conservative politics, but that her misguided optimism leads her to think that her ideals of acceptance and equality is accurately reflected in her fellow conservatives.

When asked by trans writer and activist Jennifer Boylan which Republican candidate would be most aware of and empathic towards trans rights, Jenner earnestly replied, “All of ‘em. None of the Republicans say, ‘Oh, I hate trans people,’ or, ‘I hate gays.’ Nothing like that. They do more, ‘I want a thriving economy so every trans person has a job.”

Although that would be a lovely alternate reality to our current political hellscape, I could fill the body of multiple articles just with links to GOP candidates saying disparaging things about the rights and personhood of LGBT people, not to mention ongoing policies aiming to displace trans people from even fucking using the bathroom.

Caitlyn’s blind optimism seems to come from a genuine place of confusion. I get the sense that she legitimately wants to make peace with the duality of her identity and her conservative politics, and one of the only ways to defend or cope with that is by assuming other conservative people of power are on the same page as her about equality.

The blatant denial that Jenner expressed when Boylan pointed out that Republicans ran a whole campaign against the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, was almost childish in nature. Jenner still clings to her beliefs that conservative values are good, saying, “Republicans and conservatives are not these horrible people out there trying to oppress people. I don’t know anything of what they said down there, but I’m not blaming it on Republicans and conservatives.”

They engaged in a long and circular discussion that involved several more exchanges in which Boylan pointed out concrete policies set out by conservatives that threaten the rights of trans people, only to have Jenner attempt to wave it away as coincidence.

Jenner said,  “I don’t feel like they’re out to get us. Every conservative guy out there believes in everybody’s rights.”

I’m…not so sure that’s the truth, but whatever you have to tell yourself, Caitlyn!