For decades, billionaire Jennifer Pritzker served in the U.S. Army, rising through the ranks before retiring in 2001 as a lieutenant colonel. Jennifer is a member of the very large and very rich Pritzker family of Hyatt Hotel fame.
The Pritzkers are notoriously political. Democrats all–except for Jennifer, the former lone Republican. “Former” is the operative word here. All that was before Donald Trump was elected president and turned the party into an LGBTQ hate group that seemed determined to reverse every single gain the gay, lesbian and transgender community had gained either politically or legally under the Obama administration.
The President was particularly aggressive against transgender soldiers. He had only been President for six months when banned all transgender soldiers saying the military needed to focus on “decisive and overwhelming victory” without being burdened by the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” of having transgender personnel.
Writing in the Chicago Sun-Times, Jennifer called Trump’s effort “a giant step backward. As a transgender woman, I had to hide who I was during my time in service… I can’t express enough how strongly I disagree with Trump’s statement…[which] hurts our Armed Forces and shows a callous disregard for the rights of American citizens.”
Furthemore, Jennifer slam-closed her checkbook. After giving millions to political campaigns, she wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post. “I have hoped the Republican Party would reform from within and end its assault on the LGBTQ community. Yet the party continues to champion policies that marginalize me out of existence, define me as an eccentric character,” she wrote. “I ask Republicans to prioritize policies that improve our country for all Americans. When the GOP asks me to deliver six-or seven-figure contributions for the 2020 elections, my first response will be: why should I contribute to my own destruction?”
All of which makes her $2,000 donation to Democrat Joe Biden’s Presidential campaign this past week all the more impactful.