By Richard Hack
Lifelong Republican mega-donor Jennifer Pritzker has severed ties with tradition by contributing $2,000 to the campaign of Democrat Joe Biden. It was an astonishing move for the billionaire; not so much for the amount of the donation, but for the fact that it was her first contribution to a Democratic presidential candidate–ever.
Jennifer Pritzker served in the U.S. Army as James Pritzker, rising through the ranks before retiring in 2001 as a lieutenant colonel. She had then taken her fortune and opened a military museum in her hometown of Chicago to showcase the Army she had grown to love.
More than just patriotic, however, she is a member of the very large and very rich Pritzker family of Hyatt Hotel fame. Democrats all–except for the lieutenant colonel.
Then came a one-page corporate announcement that stated without reservation: “As of Aug. 16, 2013, J.N. Pritzker will undergo an official legal name change, and will now be known as Jennifer Natalya Pritzker.” The lady had spoken.
And the lifelong Republican who had paved the way for a Trump victory in 2016 with millions of her dollars, suddenly began to see the error of her ways. No sooner had Donald Trump began his term as President then he turned the party into an LGBTQ hate group. He seemed determined to reverse every single right the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community had gained either politically or legally under the previous administration.
The President was particularly aggressive against transgender soldiers. He had only been President for six months when he banned all transgender soldiers in the military by stating it 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.”
Furthermore, Jennifer slam-closed her checkbook. After giving millions to conservative 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?”
Joe Biden: now it’s your turn.