Caitlyn Jenner says she hates Trump; wearing pro-Trump hat was a mistake

By MARTHA ROSS | East Bay Times (Tribune News Service) | Published: August 5, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner is horrified she was caught wearing a pro-Trump "Make America Great Again" cap while out driving in Malibu Thursday, according to TMZ.

That's not just because she now detests President Donald Trump following his move to ban transgender personnel from the U.S. military but because her wearing the hat was a big, stupid mistake, she told TMZ late Friday.

The LGBTQ activist who nonetheless supported Trump's candidacy claims she grabbed the hat without looking at it as she was racing out the door. She said she needed a hat to wear to protect her hair while driving in her convertible to play some golf.

Jenner told TMZ: "I apologize to all of the trans community. I made a mistake. I will never do it again and I'm getting rid of the hat."

Jenner, who came out as transgender two years ago, came under fire on social media, and reportedly from members of the Kardashian family, when she was photographed Thursday driving her 1960 Austin-Healey convertible, donning the pro-Trump hat.

The photo was taken just a week after the longtime Republican publicly expressed her outrage over Trump's sudden decision to ban transgender personnel from serving in the U.S. military.

The Kardashians reportedly saw the photo of Jenner in the MAGA hat, called her a traitor to the transgender community and said that Jenner was flaunting her pro-Trump views in a "heartless" way, TMZ reported. They also accused her of promoting transgender rights in a selective way -- only when it is useful for her, according to TMZ. For these reasons, sources told TMZ, the Kardashians want nothing more to do with Jenner.

Jenner said the whole mess started Thursday when she needed something better than a golf visor to wear while driving from her Malibu home to Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. Before leaving home, she rummaged through the 10 hats in her closet and grabbed one without looking at the stitching.

Given that Jenner supported Trump up until recently, it's probably not surprising she would have one of his MAGA hats lying around.

When she got to the club, she threw the hat on the floor of the car, still not aware it was a pro-Trump hat, and spent an hour or so hitting some balls. She then left. When she got to the car she picked up the hat, finally saw the inscription and realized what she had done.

Jenner said she was horrified to see that she had brought the pro-Trump hat. She told TMZ, "What he's doing to our community is absolutely (expletive) awful."

But Jenner explained she had a dilemma on her hands: wear the hat driving home or mess up her hair-do. She chose the former, thinking no one was going to spot her. On her way home, she made a Starbucks stop and remembered to switch to a golf visor when she went inside to order her latte.

At some point, driving between Starbucks and Malibu, she was spotted and photographed.

Besides issuing her apology to the trans community, Jenner now has to figure out what to do with the hat. She's thinking of signing it and auctioning it off and giving the proceeds to a transgender cause. On the other hand, she might just rip it up or burn it.


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