Trans People Call Caitlyn Jenner’s Ted Cruz Support “Sickening”

Hundreds of LGBT fans are outraged that Jenner wants to be Cruz's "trans ambassador"

Mar 04, 2016 at 10:59 AM ET

Caitlyn Jenner has been testing the patience of the LGBT community ever since she came out—as a Republican. But now, she really might have done of it. In an interview with “The Advocate,” the athlete turned bafflingly famous person voiced her support for Senator Ted Cruz, saying she’d like to be his “trans ambassador.”

Reactions from the community were swift and damning. “Is Jenner a terrible trans advocate, or the worst trans advocate?” a Reddit post asks. One of the over 100 replies to that post said Jenner’s doing it for her own reputation, “even if it means throwing the rest of us under the bus.”

In the interview, which ran in the Advocate online earlier this week, Jenner acknowledges that Ted Cruz is “probably one of the worst ones when it comes to trans issues,” but says he’s “very conservative and a great constitutionalist.” When pressed, Jenner admits that Democrats are traditionally better for LGBT rights, but says, “[I]f 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.”

In the days after the interview dropped, while the GOP candidates ramped up for Thursdays debate in Detroit, thousands of people flocked to Reddit, Twitter and other social platforms to lambaste Jenner for her support of the conservative candidate.

Jenner’s latest post on both Instagram and Facebook was a photo of her new custom locker at the exclusive Sherwood Country Club, featuring the hashtag #acceptance. For LGBT fans, the wording and timing of this photo could was a little unfortunate. Overnight hundreds commented on her posts calling Jenner out of touch and naive at best, self-serving and willfully ignorant at worst. “WTF is this I hear about you supporting Ted Cruz?” wrote Facebook user Jennifer Estep, “Caitlyn Jenner is NOT a friend of the LGBT nor is she a suitable role model for the hundreds of thousands of Transgender Americans!”

Across platforms hundreds of LGBT users criticized Cruz as dangerous to the community and expressed feelings of betrayal at Jenner’s political ambitions. Vocativ’s technology analyzed tweets posted on Thursday that mentioned the Republican presidential hopefuls or one of the GOP debate hashtags, finding that over 4,655 tweets referenced Jenner’s political remarks. Many hoped moderator Megyn Kelly would ask the Texas senator about Jenner.

In November, Senator Cruz was asked about moves by the Obama administration to legally protect the rights of trans students. Cruz called the measure “ridiculous” and said it was fueled by “zealots.” “I’m the father of two little girls… I don’t want my daughters taking showers with little boys.” Cruz said.