Bruce Jenner came out of the closet — as a Republican.
Former field and track Olympian Bruce Jenner came out of the closet Friday as a transgender woman — and, even more surprisingly for some, as a conservative Republican.
The left didn’t take the news well.
“Yes, for all intents and purposes, I’m a woman,” Jenner told Diane Sawyer on ABC News’ “20/20,” according to The Hill.
The acknowledgement was long-expected. No one, including Sawyer, it seemed, expected Jenner to say he also sided with the GOP.
“Are you a Republican?” Sawyer asked.
“Yeah,” Jenner replied. “Is that a bad thing?”
Sawyer suggested Jenner ask congressional Republican leaders to champion transgender rights.
“I would do that, in a heartbeat,” Jenner said. “Yeah, why not?”
One Twitter user wondered:
@thehill Will the Left be tolerant or hypocrites?!
— Cal (@DubsterCali) April 25, 2015
And it didn’t take long to find out. The left was outraged that the former Kardashian stepfather was a Republican.
— Chris Seelbach (@ChrisSeelbach) April 25, 2015
OMG #BruceJenner it is totally a bad thing that you are a Republican I’m sorry. I said it so sorry.
— Jacob Tobia (@JacobTobia) April 25, 2015
— a dubious pronoun (@GivMeUrIndieLit) April 25, 2015
#BruceJenner instantly takes away all goodwill by coming out as a ….Republican. Ew. They hate ladies, you’ll see….
— Melanie Tee (@sydneygrrl) April 25, 2015
The most shocking and disappointing part of Bruce Jenner’s interview is his coming out as a Republican. Ew. #BruceJennerABC
— just me (@aimeslmfp) April 25, 2015
Ew Bruce Jenner, I can’t believe you’d admit to that way of life. That’s disgusting. I mean…republican?
— Patrick Crossen (@crossenguard) April 25, 2015
Ew Bruce Jenner is so gross……he’s a freaking republican
— Daddy Cool Murphy (@_chenise) April 25, 2015
But one group — the Log Cabin Republicans — welcomed Jenner into its fold. Its National Executive Director Gregory T. Angelo issued this statement:
“As the nation’s only organization representing LGBT conservatives and straight allies, Log Cabin Republicans congratulates Bruce Jenner in the tremendous courage he demonstrated tonight, being true to himself both in terms of his personal identity as well as his political identity,” Gregory T. Angelo, the Log Cabin Republicans’ national executive director, said in a statement. “There is a home for you in Log Cabin Republicans — as there is for all lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender conservatives and straight allies.”
So much for liberal tolerance.
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