Despite Ted Cruz’s vehement opposition to lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender rights protections, Caitlyn Jenner has officially endorsed the presidential candidate in an interview with The Advocate on Wednesday: “I like Ted Cruz.”
“I think he’s very conservative, and a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man,” she said, clarifying, “I haven’t endorsed him or anything like that.”
Cruz vocally opposed allowing transgender people to serve openly in the military in October. “How about having the military focusing on hunting down and killing the bad guys…instead of treating it as this crucible for social justice innovations?” he said. “We shouldn’t view the military as a cauldron for social experiments.”[RELATED: Can You Guess Which Three Presidential Candidates Just Attended A Kill The Gays Rally?]
During a radio interview in November, Cruz called the movement for gender-open bathrooms in schools “lunacy.”
And let’s not forget about that time Senator Ted Cruz, along with fellow GOP presidential candidates Mike Huckabee and Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, spoke at a conference headed up by a pastor who advocates for the execution of gay people. That pastor, Kevin Swanson, again called for the mass extermination of homosexuals onstage at the event minutes before introducing Ted Cruz to speak.
Swanson advocated for Uganda’s infamous “Kill the Gays” bill, which he saw as a model. He has also advised Christians to attend gay weddings and hold up signs telling the newly married gay and lesbian couples that they “should be put to death.”
The lifelong Republican and reality TV star acknowledged that her political stance can seem like a contradiction given last year’s transition from male to female and her work highlighting trans issues on her docuseries I Am Cait.
“I get it. The Democrats are better when it comes to these types of social issues. I understand that,” she said, but countered, “Number one, 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.”
“Wouldn’t it be great, let’s say he goes on to be president. 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?”
Jenner, 66, also revealed that she met the U.S. Texas senator when she was still known as Bruce and found him to be “very nice.” She also agreed with the Advocate writer’s suggestion that she become his “trans ambassador.”[RELATED: Ted Cruz Launches Disgusting Anti-Gay Robo-Call In South Carolina]
“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 said.
Cruz opposes The Equality Act, a law that would actually protect transgender people from discrimination in employment. In fact, he so believes in allowing for discrimination (in the name of religious liberty) that he once even said that he believes a gay florist should be able to discriminate against a Christian couple — just to ensure that a Christian florist can continue to discriminate against a same-sex couple.
That’s why he introduced the State Marriage Defense Act last year, which would have allowed same-sex couples to become “unmarried” when they crossed the border into a state that didn’t recognize their marriages. That wouldn’t do anything now that the Supreme Court has ruled for marriage equality, but Cruz nevertheless remains a primary sponsor and pledged supporter of the First Amendment Defense Act, which would enable discrimination against same-sex couples.
ThinkProgress concludes: “Caitlyn Jenner simply cannot be taken seriously as an advocate for the most disadvantaged transgender people if she’s lauding Ted Cruz in the same breath.”