South Carolina senator and GOP presidential contender Lindsey Graham sounded a sympathetic note for America’s most famous cross-dresser Sunday, telling CNN’s Dana Bash the celebrity, formerly known as Bruce Jenner, was a welcome member of the Republican Party.
A little too sympathetic, probably.
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” Graham told interviewer Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
“I’m into addition. I haven’t walked in her shoes. I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through. I hope she has found peace,” he said.
“I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy,” he said. “But I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party.”
(Jenner is already a Republican, as he told ABC’s Diane Sawyer. So Graham’s got the transgender Republican vote locked down in the coming primary season. He’ll need it.)
Bash asked Graham whether the Republican Party should reach out to transgenders.
“We’re all in this together,” he replied.
“Understanding what you’re getting with Lindsey Graham: I’m pro-life. I believe in traditional marriage without animosity. The courts are going to rule, probably in June, about traditional marriage. I will accept the court’s decision. I will proudly defend the unborn. But if we can’t agree on abortion, let’s talk about taxes.”
The answer is unlikely to go down well with the conservatives who dominate Republican primaries — and who tend to think candidates ought to have principles they stand on.
A Twitter user with the handle “Pathfinder ~ Sherry” tweeted:
— Pathfinder ~ Sherry (@TEXASSHEBANDIT) June 7, 2015
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