The RNC is just a week away, and Donald Trump is looking for guidance. This weekend, Trump consulted Caitlyn Jenner for advice on what the gay and transgender communities need from the GOP’s platform.
According to The Hill, Trump and Jenner had a lengthy conference call on transgender issues — particularly the number of states who are now suing the Obama Administration over a Department of Education directive warning schools to accommodate transgender students or face losing Title IX funding. Trump met with religious leaders on Thursday of last week to discuss the same issue.
Caitlyn Jenner is a longtime Republican and has announced that she will appear in Cleveland during the Republican National Convention, though it’s not clear whether she will fill one of the many vacant speaking slots that still remain (currently “George Washington” is the only listed RNC speaker). She is so far confirmed to be giving a speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and headlining a July 20 brunch for American Unity Fund.
In a statement to the Daily Beast, Jenner relished the opportunity to help along a growing movement of conservatives embracing gay and transgender rights. “As a proud Republican and transgender woman, I want to support courageous Republicans who advocate for LGBT freedom… want to do my part to persuade more Republicans to support freedom for millions of LGBT Americans.”
The final platform process, completed by select delegates from all 50 states, is likely to pull an already divided party further apart, as longtime RNC delegates and established Republican leaders go to war against Trump-affiliated newcomers and upstart revolutionaries. So far, Trump, who had earlier pledged to leave the platform process alone, has only won accommodation on trade issues, getting the party to strip language addressing specific trade deals in favor of a more generic opposition to “trade deficits.”
Big changes are expected on the LGBT-rights side, though, with Republicans dropping language asking for a Constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in favor of language asking that states’ rights on the matter be respected.