Republican front-runner Donald Trump and trans reality star Caitlyn Jenner have been not so quietly circling one another for a while now.
First there were the rumors that Trump wanted Jenner to celebrity judge the next Miss USA competition, then the pop culture curios “starred” together on a very special episode of Comedy Central’s “South Park,” and just last month Jenner ceremoniously gave Trump the thumbs up when she declared on “I Am Cait” that the Republican candidate would “be very good for women’s issues.” Now the ball is in Trump’s court… or bathroom as it were.
On Thursday NBC’s Matt Lauer asked if Jenner was welcome to use “any bathroom she chooses” at Trump Tower, Trump answered pointedly, “That is correct.” The question, posed during a the “Today” show townhall, was in reference to North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” a recent measure that requires people to use the restroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate as opposed to the gender they identify with.
Trump told Lauer that North Carolina was “paying a big price” for the bill, which LGBT activists see as discriminatory.
“You leave it the way it is,” Trump said referring to bathroom choice pre government involvement. “There have been very few complaints the way it is. People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate. There has been so little trouble, and the problem with what happened in North Carolina is the strife and the economic punishment that they’re taking.”
Jenner, who was recently named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2016, has yet to comment on Trump’s bathroom position, but she’s made her political leanings crystal clear. Jenner plans to vote for whomever the Republican nominee is. She told an Australian radio show in March that fixing the country is “not so much trans issues but fiscal issues.”