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Over a decade ago, Donald Trump helped a transgender woman compete in a Miss Universe pageant when he owned the organization — before the former president said Sunday that “God created two genders” as he sets his sights on retaking the White House in 2024.
In videotaped remarks for the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition’s 23rd Annual Spring Kick-Off on Sunday, Trump vowed he would “defeat the cult of gender ideology” at a time when transgender rights have become a contentious political debate in the US.
“We will defeat the cult of gender ideology, and we will reassert the timeless truth that God created two genders, male and female,” he said. “We will defend our culture. We will reassert the Judeo-Christian values of our nation’s founding.”
But Trump’s actions in 2012 appeared to be in contrast to weekend statements when he overruled the rejection of Jenna Talackova, a transgender beauty queen who entered the Miss Universe Canada competition.
Talackova, then 23, was originally denied because she was not born a biological female, according to a past report.
Talackova underwent gender reassignment surgery at 19 and held legal documents that affirmed her identity was a woman when pageant organizers disallowed her from competing, alleging she had “falsified on her application when she said she was born female,” Reuters reported at the time.
Organizers also said that Miss Universe Organization “has rules which apply to all of its franchises around the world.”
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