Caitlyn Jenner is definitely a controversial figure–but among some liberals, it’s not her gender that’s the problem. It’s her conservative economic views.
In a new E! preview for I Am Cait, Jenner clashes with some of her new LGBT activist friends when they try to get her to advocate for social welfare programs for transgender people–and she knocks down their arguments.
“I think if I was to focus on one area it would be entry level jobs so that these girls have some alternative if they wanted,” transgender activist Jen Richards tells Jenner.
“Don’t a lot of times they can make more not working with social programs than they actually can with an entry level job?” Jenner objects. “But you don’t want people to get totally dependent on it. That’s when they get in trouble–‘Why should I work? I got a few bucks, I got my room paid for.'”
The other women are clearly upset by Jenner’s argument.”Now I’m worried,” LGBT activist Jenny Boylan says. “Caitlyn has every right to be just as conservative as she choses, but many transgender men and women need social programs to survive, and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.”
“Living in the bubble is an impediment to understanding other people,” she continues. “Cait’s going to be a spokesperson for the community. This is something she’s going to have to understand.”
Ah, yes–because “living in the bubble” is the only possible explanation for having conservative ideas.
In Jenner’s 20/20 pre-transition interview with Diane Sawyer, Sawyer was shocked to discover that Jenner identifies as a Republican.
“Yeah! Is that a bad thing? I believe in the constitution,” he said.
Stay strong, Cait.
Watch the preview below: