Although he clarified and said that it wasn’t an actual endorsement, he did have some very kind words for Republican presidential candidate and Texas Senator Ted Cruz in an interview with The Advocate magazine : “I like Ted Cruz. I think he’s very conservative, and a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man.” By the way, this is Bruce Jenner we’re talking about here. Or, Caitlyn Jenner, if you prefer. And he – or, she – says he wants to be Cruz’s “trans ambassador.”
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Of course, the Olympian-turned-transgender-icon also added that he hasn’t “endorsed him or anything like that.” He criticized Cruz, saying that “he’s an evangelical Christian, and probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues.” From The Advocate interview:
Jenner reveals she met Cruz prior to her transition, more than a year ago, “and he was very nice.”
“Wouldn’t it be great, let’s say he goes on to be president,” she tells me in relating a conversation on the tour bus. “And I have all my girls on a trans issues board to advise him on making decisions when it comes to trans issues. Isn’t that a good idea?”
“You’re going to be Ted Cruz’s trans ambassador?” I respond.
“Yes, trans ambassador to the president of the United States, so we can say, ‘Ted, love what you’re doing but here’s what’s going on.’”
She wasn’t joking.
Some might be a little perplexed at Jenner’s generous compliments towards Ted Cruz, whom critics consider a right-wing fundamentalist extremist – the last person one would expect to earn any support at all from someone in the LGBT community. But Bruce Jenner said that while he may look like a liberal Democrat, he identifies as a conservative Republican:
“I get it. The Democrats are better when it comes to these types of social issues. I understand that.” So why support Republicans? “Number 1, if we don’t have a country, we don’t have trans issues. We need jobs. We need a vibrant economy. I want every trans person to have a job. With $19 trillion in debt and it keeps going up, we’re spending money we don’t have. Eventually, it’s going to end. And I don’t want to see that. Socialism did not build this country. Capitalism did. Free enterprise. The people built it. And they need to be given the opportunity to build it back up.”
It remains to be seen whether or not this will have any effect on Ted Cruz’s winning future primaries.