Are You Really Surprised That Caitlyn Jenner Supports Ted Cruz?

Both the Advocate and Gawker have been living deeply in denial about Caitlyn Jenner’s loyalty to the Republican Party, based on an Advocate interview in which Jenner said she’d like to be Ted Cruz’s “trans ambassador”:

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?” she asked me.

“You’re going to be Ted Cruz’s trans ambassador?”

“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.

Gawker responded to this by saying that it’s “like hearing a seal wax ecstatic about her new buddy, Bruce the shark,” which, first of all, is just a tiny bit uncomfortable; are we using the name “Bruce” here for a reason, guys? Second of all, it’s actually not like that, because Ted Cruz is not going to eat or otherwise kill Caitlyn Jenner, he’s just going to continue to be regressive, oppressive, and deeply offensive regarding trans issues. But that’s what she wants to help with! So, there you go.

I feel like maybe liberals have been hoping against hope and facts and everything that Caitlyn Jenner has said about being a Republican that she will suddenly go against a lifetime of personal convictions and change her political affiliation. Because she’s trans, and trans people aren’t allowed to be Republicans! Silly Cait.

It was inevitable that she was eventually going to fess up about which Republican candidate she supported, and, let’s be honest, not a one of them was going to look ideal for her as a trans woman. But the only reason anyone should be surprised is if you genuinely didn’t believe that Caitlyn Jenner was a conservative, based on reductive assumptions about trans people, and that’s your prob, not hers.


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