Caitlyn Jenner Shocks Trans Friends With Her Politics

"What's the big issue?" asks Jenner
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 2, 2015 1:46 PM CDT
Caitlyn Jenner Shocks Trans Friends With Her Politics
Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe award for courage at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Caitlyn Jenner's politically conservative views surprised her transgender friends in a just-released excerpt from tonight's episode of I Am Cait, reports Us Weekly. "What's the big issue?" asks the 65-year-old former Olympian. Friend Chandi Moore explains, "They're homeless, unemployed, so it's just going to take a lot more." But Jenner sticks to her world-view: "[Can't they] make more not working with social programs than they actually can with an entry-level job?" she asks. "...You don't want people to get totally dependent on it. That's when they get in trouble. 'Why should I work?'" (See the video here.)

Jenner's friends turn quiet in the sneak peek, and friend Jenny Boylan adds her thoughts via voiceover: "Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she chooses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that's nothing to be ashamed of," she says. Jenner first revealed her politics in an interview with Dianne Sawyer, E! Online notes, inspiring a top GOP figure to say that Jenner might "bridge these two worlds of entertainment and politics." But not all are on board: "Having Caitlyn Jenner speak, for instance, in a prime-time slot at the 2016 GOP convention would certainly represent outreach to the LGBT community," says an analyst, per the Hill. "It's just hard to imag[ine] that happening, even if Jenner wanted to do something like that." (More transgender stories.)

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