NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, February 18, 2016, 3:31 PM
Caitlyn Jenner says she gets more flak for being Republican than being a transgender woman.
There’s an elephant in the room, and as far as Caitlyn Jenner is concerned, it has more to do with her Republican politics than her gender identity.
“I have gotten more flack for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” the “I Am Cait” star and transgender icon told students at the University of Pennsylvania Wednesday night.
The topic was broached by a student who asked the former Olympic champion about why she didn’t belong to the Democratic Party, which is much more supportive of transgender rights, according to a writer in attendance for billypenn.com.
“Just because you change gender doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs,” Jenner responded.
The 66-year-old reality star, who visited the White House during the Reagan administration, has been jumping hurdles for the right ever since she was jumping hurdles as Bruce Jenner.
But that shouldn’t come as a surprise to any LGBT activists who are unhappy with her loyalty to the party in which a vocal percentage of members are offended by the idea of transitioning one’s gender identity.
“There’s a lot of different shades from both sides of the aisle,” says Christian Toto, editor of the conservative culture site, HollywoodInToto.com.
First Lady Nancy Reagan (center) poses with celebrity recipients of the Outstanding Learning Disabled Achiever Award (L- R): G. Chris Anderson, Tom Cruise, Bruce Jenner, Cher, Richard C. Strauss, and Robert Rauchenberg, at the White House in 1985.
Jenner admitted during an interview on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” last year that she was a “traditionalist” who did not support gay marriage before her own transition.
“At this point Democrats have been painted as the party of LGBT issues, but there are plenty of Republicans that believe, ‘live and let live.’”
Before he ended his White House run in December, then-GOP presidential candidate Lindsay Graham had voiced his support for his fellow conservative.
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,” said last year.