Cait­lyn Jen­ner com­mits a hat crime

Lib­er­als are quick to em­brace iden­tity pol­i­tics, but bris­tle at giv­ing Trump his due

The Washington Times Daily - - OPINION - By Tammy Bruce Tammy Bruce, au­thor and Fox News con­trib­u­tor, is a ra­dio talk show host.

Imag­ine this: Some­one goes through mas­sive body-al­ter­ing, gen­der-chang­ing surgery, changes her life and risks the re­jec­tion of her fam­ily, all in or­der to be her gen­uine self. Agree or dis­agree with the choice, the com­mit­ment to pur­su­ing who we are is some­thing many view as a nec­es­sary com­po­nent of per­sonal free­dom. For some, that in­cludes gen­der re­as­sign­ment.

Then imag­ine, you go through all that and you wake up in a new “com­mu­nity,” which en­cour­aged you to change your­self, while promis­ing love, sup­port and a way to fi­nally be­long, with­out judg­ment and with com­plete un­der­stand­ing.

Or so you think.

Sud­denly, the crowd which en­cour­aged you to color out­side the lines now presents you with new rules about how to cor­rectly be your own per­son.

No, this isn’t a pitch for yet an­other in­car­na­tion of “The Twi­light Zone” or a long-lost man­u­script from the great Ray Brad­bury. It’s the new life of Cait­lyn Jen­ner.

I never thought I’d feel sorry for Ms. Jen­ner. Bruce Jen­ner ac­com­plished amaz­ing things in his life, and then his strug­gle with sense of gen­der iden­tity be­came pub­lic. Two years af­ter a world­wide an­nounce­ment of his de­ci­sion to tran­si­tion from male to fe­male, in 2017 Ms. Jen­ner an­nounced she com­pleted the sex-re­as­sign­ment surgery.

“The surgery was a suc­cess, and I feel not only won­der­ful but lib­er­ated,” re­ports Peo­ple magazine about Ms. Jen­ner’s com­ments in a mem­oir re­leased ear­lier this year.

And then the un­think­able hap­pens: Cait­lyn Jen­ner com­mits a hat crime! Yes, you read that cor­rectly, a hat crime and in pub­lic, no less. Head­lines like this are blar­ing from Van­ity Fair, “Let Us Al­low Cait­lyn Jen­ner to Ex­plain Her MAGA Hat,” and The New York Daily News: “Cait­lyn Jen­ner Has Quite the Ex­cuse Af­ter She’s Pho­tographed Wear­ing a MAGA Hat,” then the im­age re­hab be­gan.

TMZ’s head­line? “Cait­lyn: Hat was Com­edy of Er­rors, I HATE TRUMP.” Whew.

“Cait­lyn tells TMZ she drove from her Malibu home to Sher­wood Coun­try Club in Thou­sand Oaks, Ca., in a 1960 Austin-Healey con­vert­ible. Be­fore leav­ing home she re­al­ized she needed a hat ... some­thing bet­ter than a golf vi­sor to pro­tect her hair. So she rum­maged through the 10 hats in her closet and grabbed one with­out look­ing at the stitch­ing … . She says when she got to the club she threw the hat on the floor of the car, spent an hour or so hit­ting some balls and left. When she got to the car she grabbed the hat, saw the in­scrip­tion and re­al­ized what she had done,” re­ported TMZ.

Van­ity Fair, af­ter “al­low­ing” Ms. Jen­ner to ex­plain, re­ported her apol­ogy to its read­ers, “Jen­ner is sorry for be­ing caught with the MAGA mes­sage blar­ing out of her fore­head. She told TMZ, ‘What he’s do­ing to our com­mu­nity is ab­so­lutely f***ing aw­ful. 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.’ ”

This is all se­ri­ous, by the way. None of this is par­ody. Hat crimes must be dealt with.

We know a per­son’s po­lit­i­cal opin­ions can change, and in this in­stance she has grown cool on Mr. Trump due to his po­si­tion on trans­gen­dered in the mil­i­tary, but it’s clear there is no room for nu­ance in any lib­eral com­mu­nity where iden­tity pol­i­tics are all that mat­ter.

The real story here is, why would Ms. Jen­ner have to be sub­jected to in­ter­na­tional head­line-sham­ing when she has al­ready demon­strated her com­mit­ment to the com­mu­nity and her in­ten­tion and char­ac­ter are known? And if all is well, and peo­ple are free to be who they are, why would Ms. Jen­ner need to be given the cov­er­age at TMZ to, well, beg for for­give­ness? What would hap­pen if she sim­ply chose that hat for the day, and then used the at­ten­tion to dis­cuss her dis­agree­ments, and agree­ments, with the pres­i­dent? What is at stake?

Bot­tom line, it’s a good way to con­di­tion other peo­ple, isn’t it, and to keep your high­est pro­file peo­ple in line. The threat of be­ing shunned by your own com­mu­nity is too much for some. Who would dare to not con­form when that is the pun­ish­ment?

In the nor­mal world, Ms. Jen­ner’s pro­file and ac­cess to the pres­i­dent and his team could be used to in­flu­ence pol­icy de­ci­sions. But no, one must sim­ply re­sist, and hate.

While we work on pol­icy dis­agree­ments, what the left doesn’t want dis­cussed is how ev­ery­one is ben­e­fit­ing from Don­ald Trump’s pres­i­dency. The Trump stock mar­ket rally has added $4 tril­lion to the na­tion’s econ­omy, some­thing ev­ery­one with a re­tire­ment ac­count or in­vest­ment, shares in. U.S. small busi­ness op­ti­mism is the high­est it’s been in 10 years. More than 1.1 mil­lion fewer peo­ple are on food stamps un­der Pres­i­dent Trump. U.S. un­em­ploy­ment has hit its low­est level since 2001, no doubt due to the 1 mil­lion new jobs cre­ated since Mr. Trump took of­fice.

In the real world, be­ing fi­nan­cially se­cure, or at least hav­ing more dis­pos­able in­come, means you have more in­flu­ence and power. If the gay left and the “re­sist” crowd ac­tu­ally wanted Amer­i­cans to suc­ceed they wouldn’t be hound­ing peo­ple over a hat crime — they’d be work­ing to get a seat at the ta­ble to make a dif­fer­ence.


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