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Caitlyn Jenner Drops an Endorsement For President That's Gonna Stun Her Fellow Trans Advocates

Caitlyn Jenner is never short of surprises, and this week was no different.

In a recent interview with The Advocate, the Olympic champion and transgender activist said that she wants to be the “trans ambassador” to her favorite presidential candidate:

Ted Cruz.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC - JANUARY 16: Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks to guests at the 2016 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention on January 16, 2016 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Along with Cruz, Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Mike Huckabee were scheduled to speak at the convention. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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During the interview, published late Tuesday, she named Cruz as her top presidential pick.

That's when interviewer Dawn Ennis asked her:

“You're going to be Ted Cruz's trans ambassador?”

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 03: TV personality and activist Caitlyn Jenner speaks onstage during the Point Foundation's Annual Voices On Point Gala at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on October 3, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for The Point Foundation)
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It's an odd pairing in some ways—Cruz isn't necessarily the most friendly candidate to LGBT rights, exemplified by his opposition to gay marriage and various proposals to allow transgendered people to use bathrooms of their choice, but as Jenner explains to Ennis:

“The Democrats are better when it comes to these types of social issues.”

Jenner went on to explain that she still leans towards the economic policy of Republicans, praising Cruz as “very conservative, and a great constitutionalist, and a very articulate man.”

Jenner continued:

"Wouldn't it be great, let's say he goes on to be president. And I have all my girls on a trans issues board to advise him on making decisions when it comes to trans issues.

“Isn't that a good idea? Trans ambassador to the president of the United States, so we can say, 'Ted, love what you're doing but here's what's going on.'”

The she explained why social issues are less of a priority than economic ones:

"Number one, if 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. With $19 trillion in debt and it keeps going up, we’re spending money we don’t have. Eventually, it’s going to end. And I don’t want to see that.

“Socialism did not build this country. Capitalism did. Free enterprise. The people built it. And they need to be given the opportunity to build it back up.”

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 15: Honoree Caitlyn Jenner accepts the Arthur Ashe Courage Award onstage during The 2015 ESPYS at Microsoft Theater on July 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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No official response from the Cruz camp about Jenner's endorsement or ambassadorial offer has been issued.

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