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Caitlyn Jenner Wants to Be ‘Trans Ambassador’ for Ted Cruz

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"I like Ted Cruz"

Caitlyn Jenner said she would like to serve as trans ambassador for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, praising the Republican presidential candidate while calling him one of the worst candidates when it comes to transgender issues.

“I like Ted Cruz,” she said in an interview with The Advocate published on Wednesday. “I think he’s very conservative and a great constitutionalist and a very articulate man. I haven’t endorsed him or anything like that. But I also think, he’s an evangelical Christian, and probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues.”

Jenner said she has met Cruz before and would like to be on a board that could advise Cruz on trans issues.

“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.

Jenner, who came out as transgender last year and became a high-profile advocate for trans rights, has faced backlash in the transgender community for her more conservative political views.

“I get it. The Democrats are better when it comes to these types of social issues. I understand that,” Jenner said.

So why support Republicans?

“No. 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,” she told The Advocate.

“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.”


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