America is a country founded on the idea of freedom, including the right to bear arms, protest and support any presidential candidate of one’s choosing.
Many Americans choose to back candidates who have a history of not supporting basic human rights. A prime example of this puzzling phenomenon is Caitlyn Jenner’s recent and unsolicited support for Ted Cruz.
Jenner stated in an interview with Dawn Ennis, the first transgender person to come out in television news: “I like Ted Cruz. I think he is very conservative and a great constitutionalist and a very articulate man. I haven’t endorsed him or anything like that. But I also think he’s an evangelical Christian, and probably one of the worst when it comes to trans issues.”
Many members of the LGBTQIA community do not understand how Jenner can support someone who is “probably one of the worst” when it comes to the issues that plague them. Stating Cruz is “one of the worst” is a vast understatement. Time and time again, he has vehemently expressed that every aspect of the transgender community is outright wrong.
According to Cruz, the “sacrament of marriage” needs defending, transgender rights are “lunacy” and attending a conference held by a man who called for “execution of the gays” is perfectly dandy. Cruz is probably the worst when it comes to opinions on other people’s rights. Scratch the probably—Cruz is definitely one of the worst.
I am not a member of the LGBTQIA community, so I cannot speak on everyone’s thoughts regarding the Jenner-Cruz situation. However, as a black woman, I can relate to those who are bewildered and angered by the members of their communities who boost those who fail to support us.
It does not make sense that someone would willingly back a system or a group of people who do not think everyone deserves basic human rights and respect. Jenner’s support of someone who attended a conference advocating the execution of LGBTQIA people in America is equivalent to a black or Jewish person joining the Ku Klux Klan.
It is a blatant slap in the face and punch in the gut. It is a condemnation of the people that Jenner claims to love and support.
The proverb, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you,” is of paramount importance. When people bite the hand that feeds them, they are not only harming others, but also themselves. By supporting Ted Cruz, Caitlyn Jenner is supporting a system and ideal that does not align with what she claims to care about. Jenner is most definitely biting the hand that feeds her and throwing her entire community under the bus for the piece of some privileged pie.