Caitlyn Jenner’s support of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz is sending the LGBT activist community into conniptions. True to form, radical liberals prove they’re the truly bigoted ones by calling the transgender reality star a “lunatic” for praising the most conservative candidate in the race.
In an interview with The Advocate, Jenner boldly said, “I like Ted Cruz. 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.”
If Jenner thinks Cruz is weak on trans issues, then why support him? With a commitment to constitutional principles that should make establishment politicians bury their heads in shame, Jenner explains that while Democrats are “better when it comes to these types of social issues,” if we don’t have liberty, we don’t have anything. This position truly goes against the liberal grain as identity politics takes a backseat to freedom.
“Number 1, if we don’t have a country, we don’t have trans issues,” Jenner said. “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.”
“Let’s say he goes on to be president,” Jenner continued, “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?”
That Hit the Worn-Out Outrage Button
Jenner’s comments stunned LGBT activists. One of the costars of “I Am Cait,” Jennifer Boylan, lost it, yelling “That’s a lie,” brandishing a rolled-up newspaper when Jenner indicated conservatives support minorities’ rights. “You’re living in a dream world,” Boylan shouted, then took to the blogosphere in a fit of hysteria, saying Boylan struck Jenner with the newspaper and “not ironically either. I smack her like she is a basset hound that just took a dump on the carpet,” the co-star and consultant to the show wrote. Can anyone say “trans abuse”?
Boylan’s response to Jenner’s determined commitment to conservatism was to quit the show. “Hanging out with her was infuriating. I just can’t do this. I want to go home.” Boylan ended up not quitting, but the anger still rages.
I wasn’t surprised by Caitlyn Jenner’s expression of support for Ted Cruz. I heard her say as much hour after hour this fall as I worked on her show. Everyone needs to get their mind around the fact that politically she is, like half the country, a conservative, and the sooner you get your mind around this, the angrier you can be.
The fact that she’s swooning over Ted Cruz–a bigot, a hater, and an all around dunderhead–is galling, but no more galling, to me, than a political philosophy that exclusively benefits the wealthy and leaves the rest of us to struggle. Cruz’s policies on trans rights are horrific, but not a whole lot more horrific than those of anyone else in the GOP currently running for office.
Boylan ends the rant saying it’s regrettable there’s not an operation to turn someone into a liberal. Yikes.
Other activists joined in, going after Jenner across social media, including some nasty tweets saying Jenner is a clueless, bad person who contributes to harassment and transphobic hate. Oh, the irony.
Trans Lobby Has No Idea Why Anyone Likes Freedom
Monica Roberts of TransGriot piled on, writing, “Caitlyn, while you have every right to support whoever you wish in this 2016 presidential contest, I would suggest that you not support a presidential candidate who thinks it’s sound political strategy and policy to demonize our trans younglings for political gain.” Zack Ford, an apologist for LGBT issues at Think Progress, wrote, “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.” What a stellar champion of diversity you are.
Rachel Kramer Bussel of Salon said “Jenner’s optimism about Cruz is baffling.” She then sunk to firing personal attacks at the reality star, asking, “Are Jenner’s musings wishful thinking? A ratings grab? Her own version of lunacy? They certainly seem to have no basis in reality, considering the platform Cruz has built and the followers he’s courting.”
Bussel continues her assault by accusing Jenner of “wading into electoral politics without being clear with her viewers about what’s truly at stake.” But Jenner makes it very clear what’s at stake and grasps the truth better than anyone else on reality television: if you don’t live in a free society, it doesn’t matter if you’re trans, straight, green, or blue. Yet, according to Bussel, Jenner is the stupid one.
She also presumes to tell Jenner what to say, revealing the little regard radical liberals have for free speech. “Jenner would be better off using her voice to tell her own story and offer air time for those who don’t have the privileges she’s been afforded.” Never mind that Jenner earned many of those “privileges” (a.k.a. successes) through personal hard work and perseverance. Olympics medals don’t come easy.
We Love Diversity—That’s Why We Squash It
Instead, Jenner is dismissed and ridiculed because the star’s opinions don’t conform to a radical LGBT agenda. Unless Jenner shifts Left, the attacks will keep coming, shutting down Jenner’s freedom to speak and to support candidates based on deeply held principles, not peer pressure.
Jenner responded to the criticism, saying people “think that now that I’ve transitioned that everything has to change. You can’t be conservative anymore. You have to be a liberal. No, I don’t believe that. I think I can keep all of my views the same ’cause I feel in my heart that’s the best way to go.”
LGBT activists aren’t tolerating that (but I thought conservatives were the intolerant ones!). They’ll support Jenner and anyone else who believes in their hearts that their sex needs to change, but watch out if your heart tells you conservatism is what’s best. That can’t be stomached. If you cling to the delusion of conservatism, you must a lunatic! The hypocrisy dripping from the pens of these people is astounding.
Not only are those who are pressuring Jenner to reject conservatism in the name of the LGBT agenda working by a double standard, they are simply wrong about Cruz being “anti-gay.” If you search all the frothing-at-the-mouth posts about how hateful, anti-gay, and homophobic Cruz is, you’ll find nothing to back up their claims. What you’ll find is someone who faithfully and consistently supports the constitutional rights of every American, whether he or she is straight, L, G, B, T, or Q.
Protecting Everyone’s Rights Isn’t Anti-Gay
What liberal activists call “anti-gay” are Cruz’s opposition to same-sex marriage based on legal arguments about the public interest of marriage as it relates to family and children in particular (a complicated argument, but hardly anti-gay) and the undeniable threat to a fundamental constitutional right—freedom of religion—that is the result of judicial activism.
Primarily, however, Cruz is consistent in his belief that issues such as same-sex marriage should be handled at the state level, and that it’s unconstitutional for the federal government to be involved despite what an activist court says. The same is true for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which the states should also handle.
The “New Civil Rights Movement” calls such views hateful and anti-gay, but this is really just complying with the Constitution and keeping the federal government from expanding its power—which is ultimately a threat to the freedom of us all. There’s no homophobia here. No hate. Are we not free to disagree without being slandered and maligned? Where is the compassion, the tolerance, the kumbaya of liberalism?
Finally, Cruz’s stance on transgender bathrooms (he’s against letting men who identify as women into women’s restrooms) is focused on protecting women—not because there is necessarily a threat from men who are transitioning, but because this would allow male predators to violate a woman’s and girl’s safe space. Again, you can disagree with this, but it is hardly “anti-gay.” In fact, it is decidedly pro-woman. Isn’t this a liberal value? I’ve always thought so, but evidently not. It seems the pro-LGBT agenda has transformed into a war on women.
Cruz Hates Gays So Much He Hangs Out With Them
Yet Cruz is somehow the bad guy? Nothing shows how ridiculous the claim that Cruz is “notoriously anti-gay” better than the criticism he received last year for going to a reception in New York given on his behalf by two prominent gay hoteliers. During the visit, it was reported that Cruz said he would love his daughters just as much if one of them were gay. He also said that same-sex marriage should be handled at the state level.
Painfully aware that the Manhattan reception hosted by a gay couple went against the “he’s a nasty bigot” meme, The New York Times looked for any angle it could find to get the narrative back on track. The only criticism they could come up with was he never mentioned at the reception that he was against same-sex marriage.
“It speaks volumes that The New York Times considers it newsworthy that a Republican who believes marriage is between a man and a woman would meet with people who hold a different view,” Cruz responded in a statement. The senator added that attending the Manhattan reception, which was focused on national security, proves he’s a “big tent Republican.”
Included in that big tent are gay conservatives, many of whom think marriage should remain between a man and a woman. They support civil unions, but they don’t believe in same-sex marriage. Are these gay people anti-gay?
You’re Not a Person If You Disagree With Us
Clearly, some LGBT activists think so. They don’t tolerate gays who reject same-sex marriage, just as they reject anyone in the LGBT community who embraces conservatives. Here’s what one critic of the gay hoteliers who hosted Cruz had to say about them:
Just like what happened with Jenner, if you depart from the radical LGBT agenda, you’re called a sociopath or lunatic. You’re pressured through bullying to conform; otherwise you’re rejected from the “in-group” and isolated until you learn your lesson. Since most people don’t want to be alone and identified with the cursed “out-group,” they give up their principles and beliefs—their freedom—and comply.
This reaction against gay and trans conservatives shows that LGBT activists don’t care a whit about liberty, free speech, or truly being yourself. It’s about power and their militant agenda, and anyone who deviates from it will be attacked, rejected, and publicly humiliated until he or she assimilates. “Resistance is futile.”