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Distancing Herself From Trump, Caitlyn Jenner Says Loyalties Lie With LGBTQ Community



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    Though she attended President Donald Trump's inauguration, Caitlyn Jenner wants to be clear that she doesn't agree with everything he — or the Republican party — believes.

    "Here's the deal: yes, I have always had views that lean more towards the Republican party when it comes to politics [as in] less government, believing in the Constitution and all that kind of stuff. But my loyalties and my fights are not going to be with the Republican party," the 67-year-old told People. "My loyalties are with my community and fighting for my community."

    After Trump became the presumptive GOP nominee in June, Jenner told STAT she believed he would be better for women than Hillary Clinton.

    "Everybody looks at the Democrats as being better with these issues. But Trump seems to be very much for women," she said. "He seems very much behind the LGBT community because of what happened in North Carolina with the bathroom issue. He backed the LGBT community. But in Trump's case, there's a lot more unknowns."

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    As a prominent and influential member of the transgender community, Jenner wants to use her fame to advocate for the LGBTQ population. She readily admits she still has a lot to learn about the LGBTQ community, but feels "very blessed" to have a platform to make a difference.

    If that means distancing herself from Trump, so be it.

    In February, the Trump administration withdrew Barack Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools — and she recorded a video message and addressed the United States commander in chief directly.

    "I have a message for President Trump, from one Republican to another," she said." This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me."

    Jenner also wants to set the record straight on another political issue.

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    "I am 100 percent behind gay marriage," she tells Diane Sawyer in a "20/20" interview airing Friday at 10 p.m. "Let's clear that up right now."

    Two years ago, Jenner appeared on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and called herself a "traditionalist" who'd always viewed marriage as between "a man and a woman." She said her position on same-sex marriage changed since transitioning.

    Jenner, who is promoting a memoir, will appear on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday.