For Jenner to say that Hillary's record on woman's right is selfish and self serving is reproachable.
During a segment in her reality show, Caitlyn Jenner had some tough words for Hillary Clinton: “If we’re unfortunate enough to get Hillary as our next president, we need her on our side… Although she won’t be –she couldn’t care less about women.”
I am not a Clinton supporter, and have often criticized her, but to say that Clinton’s record on woman’s right is selfish and self serving is reproachable. Whether it was as first lady, Secretary of State or her retired years as a Democratic figure, Clinton has fought for the rights of women domestically and abroad.
Caitlyn Jenner however, is a different story. After coming out as a transgender woman in the summer of last year, her story started a dialogue over the plight of the transgender community. At her acceptance speech for the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, an award named after a former black tennis player who is notable for his advocacy against AIDs, she said this:
“If you want to call me names, make jokes, doubt my intentions go ahead, because I can take it. But for the thousands of kids coming to terms with who they are, they shouldn’t have to take it.”
Of course, these are some nice words of encouragement. Especially in support of LGBT youth who might feel conflicted and shunned by society. Her story has raised visibility and started a discussion for transgendered issues that were often ignored. And God knows how much courage she had to muster up to come out as who she really is. But Jenner’s recent support for Ted Cruz gives no support for her speech that poised her as a fighter for transgender rights, and seems contradictory to her “intentions”.
Her support for Ted Cruz is not that surprising since she has often stated that she is a conservative and “traditionalist”. Her conservative views come more from the fact that she is a “trickle down economics” kind of person rather than her social views. In Jenner’s own words:
“Republicans and conservatives are not these horrible people who are trying to oppress people. For the Republicans it’s (transgender rights) not a big issue… They’re just worried about 18 trillion dollars of debt.”
I can respect her economic views, no matter how wrong they are. But what I don’t understand is her defense of a party which clearly rejects her as a person. Her statement that conservatives are not trying to “oppress people” couldn’t be more devoid of reality. Nationally and statewide, Republicans have undoubtedly been hostile to transgender rights. Especially Ted Cruz.
Cruz opposes the Equality Act, a law that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in employment. Cruz has also been at the center of the fear mongering against transgender children access to bathrooms. And when Robert Dear, a right wing ideologue, went on a rampage and killed 9 at a Planned Parenthood clinic, Ted Cruz called him a “transgendered leftist activist.”
Transgender people face high rates of poverty, unemployment, and violence. Many employers prefer to hire less qualified candidates over a transgender. In Detroit, if you’re a black trans gendered woman, you are being targeted and killed at high rates.
In face of the struggles and hate the transgender community have to face, one would expect for Jenner, the most prominent transgendered person of this time, to stand up for their rights and not for a man, who if elected president, would continue perpetuating lies and fear about the transgendered community.
Many criticized the fact that Jenner received the Arthur Ashe Award because although she took a brave step in coming out, “ it seems that most issues a transgender woman faces in life, Caitlyn can skirt by using affluence and social connections.”
Caitlyn Jenner, a white former Olympian decathlete who married into the social elite circle of the Kardashains, never had to face any of the issues facing transgender America . Her support for a man and a party that have opposed transgendered rights shows a lack of sympathy, and a spit in the face, towards the struggles of the everyday transgendered American.
Given her support for Ted Cruz, Jenner seems to be the least adequate person to say that Hillary Clinton is inauthentic and selfish in representing women’s rights. If somebody is not fighting for the voice of the people they purport to represent, it is Jenner, not Clinton.