Caitlyn Jenner Took Donald Trump Up On His Bathroom Equality Promise: I Used the Trump Tower Restroom
The reality star revealed on Tuesday that she actually visited the Trump Tower in New York City to use the bathroom after Trump told Today last week that transgender people – including Jenner – should be able to use the restroom of their choosing.
“This toast, actually started, in a bathroom. Actually, bathroom issues right now in my life seem to be in the forefront,” Jenner said during her speech at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City, where she was an honoree. “Actually, on that issue I just want to say also – One little trans woman walking down the street had to go, I looked up and who did I see but the Trump Tower. Last week Donald Trump said I could use any bathroom I wanted in the Trump Tower. So of course I veered right in there – took care of myself.”
Jenner, who is praised in the Time issue by father and transgender-rights activist Wayne Maines as being a “hero,” added, “I obeyed all the rules, I promise you, I didn’t throw any feminine products down the toilet. And it actually worked out quite well. It was very good.”
Trump, who was in attendance with wife Melania, told Today last Thursday that North Carolina’s new law banning people from using public bathrooms that do not match the sex listed on their birth certificate was causing “a lot of problems.”
Jenner went on to dedicate her honor as one of 2016’s most influential people to those “really trying to make a difference in the world.”
“It is so important, okay, that we have leaders that we can follow, that we can learn from,” she explained, before sharing the quote from a plaque on a friend’s bathroom wall that recently inspired her. “The dedication went like this, ‘That person is a success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much. Who has gained the respect of intelligent people and the love of children. Who has filled his niche and accomplished his task. Who leaves this world a better place than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul. Who never lacks appreciation for earths beauty or fails to express it – who looks for the best in others and gives the best they have.’ ”
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The 66-year-old, a longtime Republican, previously revealed that while she’s “not a big fan” of Trump, she thinks “he would be very good for women’s issues.”
Trump was also honored at the soiree as a “ferocious leader” and “rule breaker” by North Carolina Congresswoman Renee Ellmers.
•Reporting by KRISTEN CAIRES