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Monday, June 12, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner for President in 2020? Why that's a potentially great idea.

It's 2017, and America and the rest of the West are bitterly divided.

We desperately need a president who will cut across lines and unite people. While the left is all about social justice for minorities and the right is all about conservative values, the best thing to do would be to have a president who can serve both camps. After all, the two aforementioned things are not really mutually exclusive. We just need to find a conservative who is also a member of one of the minorities the left loves to champion. Now, I'm not saying that I would necessarily support all the policies of a conservative administration. I think I wouldn't, actually. But this does represent a way to heal the divide.

The most logical choice would be a conservative person of color. However, the high-profile conservative people of color in America tend to be religious conservatives too, and a lack of support for LGBT rights is a no-no for progressives these days. I can't imagine how a President Condoleeza Rice could be accepted by progressives. Even a more moderate President Marco Rubio would be controversial for his non-support of marriage equality. Therefore, a high-profile conservative LGBT person would probably be the better choice. This leaves us with Milo Yiannopoulos and Caitlyn Jenner as the main candidates.

Milo Yiannopoulos would be a very controversial choice indeed. He doesn't seem to care about the fact that he is flaming tensions across the cultural divide. His strong and uncompromising support for Donald Trump would also be a negative in the sense of healing the divide, Trump being the most divisive politician of our age. On the other hand, Caitlyn Jenner has shown that she is a person who can listen to contrary opinions, as we have seen on I Am Cait. More recently, she famously changed her mind to support marriage equality. While she did support President Trump in last year's election, she has not hesitated to criticize his lack of support for trans rights this year.

I am not saying that I would definitely support Caitlyn Jenner if she did run in 2020. But there would definitely be some merit to the idea of her being US President.