‘I Am Cait’ Recap: Caitlyn Jenner Gets Into Heated Political Debate Over Women’s Issues
Caitlyn Jenner got into a heated political debate on Sunday’s “I Am Cait,” arguing with her transgender friends about which presidential candidate is the most supportive of women’s issues. Get the full recap below!
The second episode of Season 2, titled “Woman of the Year?,” opened with Jenner and her friends continuing their bus tour around the country. Kate Bornstein, who’s a bit older than some of the other transgender women, told the group that she calls herself a “tranny,” and that it used to be an acceptable word to describe transgender people. “The people who object to the word tranny are people who are very invested in being women, not trans.”
Jenny Boylan, however, admitted that she’s offended by the term “tranny.” “If I hear that word, I’ll generally leave the room,” Boylan said. “I find that word hurtful… To me it’s like saying the F word to a gay man, or the N word to a person of color.” Boylan went on to say she associates the word with “beatings” and “violence,” and revealed that she has been assaulted multiple times in her life, and the perpetrators used the word “tranny” while attacking her. Jenner offered, “I’m obviously new to the community. I’ve heard a lot of people call it in the past: ‘tranny or this or that.’ Fortunately, I never developed the habit so it was easy to change.”
Later during the trip, the women began to argue politics after Chandi Moore asked Jenner her opinion of Donald Trump, to which Jenner admitted, “I think he would be very good for women’s issues.” Despite the rest of the women disagreeing, Jenner explained in a confessional, “Just because I’m a woman now doesn’t make me all of a sudden liberal.” When Hillary Clinton was mentioned, the reality star insisted, “I would never, ever, ever vote for Hillary.” Jenner expressed, “If Hillary becomes president, the country is over.” Jenner continued, “Tell me what she’s done that’s good.” Candis Cayne tried to convince Jenner that Clinton is an “amazing woman,” but Jenner asked, “What has she done in her life?! What has she done? She was a lousy senator. She was horrible. Look at all of the things that are going on in the Middle East, all because of what she did. Look at Benghazi. She lied to us! She’s a f***ing liar!” An angry Jenner added, “You want a person that’s going to lie to you?… She’s a political hack. That’s all she is. She’s done nothing!”
Following the hostile political discussion, all of the women were very tense and upset with Jenner, which led to a somewhat awkward dinner back at their resort. Jenner noted in a confessional, “Maybe a good idea would be to change the subject,” and so at dinner, she revealed to her friend’s that she was being honored with Glamour’s Woman of the Year award, and asked the group, “What does it mean to be a woman?” Boylan believed every woman had to decide what it meant on their own terms, to which Jenner acknowledged, “I was a male for so long, it’s tough for me to grasp.” Bornstein then shared a story about getting her disapproving mother to finally accept her as a woman and refer to her as her daughter, which touched the group and created a much needed feeling of togetherness.
But later, Jenner’s friends sat her down and let her know that they were “scared” by her political tirade and thought she had acted like a “bully.” Cayne pointed out that she wouldn’t let anyone else speak, and Jenner agreed, noting, “Sometimes I get very passionate and Bruce comes in.” She further said in a confessional, “I admit that I get very aggressive when it comes to politics, and listening is something I have to get better at.” Jenner apologized to the other women, and they all became closer as a result of working out their initial disagreement.