Caitlyn Jenner: 'I Like Ted Cruz' Despite His Stance on Trans Issues

Caitlyn Jenner is a lifelong Republican

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Caitlyn Jenner‘s conservative politics continue to create controversy in the transgender community.

When asked who she supports for president, the lifelong Republican told The Advocate in an interview Wednesday, “I like Ted Cruz.”

“I think he’s very conservative, and a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man,” she explained. “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.”

During a radio interview in November, Cruz called the movement for gender-open bathrooms in schools “lunacy.”

The reality star acknowledged her 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.”

Jenner, 66, revealed that she even met the U.S. senator from Texas when she was still known as Bruce and found him to be “very nice” – and agreed with the Advocate writer’s suggestion that she become his “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 said.

I Am Cait season 2 premieres Sunday (9 p.m. ET) on E!

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