In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday Republican presidential candidate defended the athlete formally known as Bruce Jenner from conservative critics, saying Caitlyn Jenner is welcome in the Republican Party. (RELATED: Twitter Users Vow To #BoycottESPN For Giving Courage Award To Caitlyn Jenner)
CNN’s Dana Bash asked Graham about comments made by conservative Iowa talk show host Steve Deace, who said that “if we’re not going to defend as a party basic principles of male and female, that life is sacred because it comes from God, then you’re going to lose the vast majority of people who’ve joined that party.”
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” Graham responded. “I’m into addition. I haven’t walked in her shoes, I don’t have all the answers to the mysteries of life. I can only imagine the torment that Bruce Jenner went through; I hope she has found peace.
“I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy,” he said. “But I am running for President of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party.”
Naturally, Graham found a way to tie the issue to the fight against radical Islam. “In the eyes of radical Islam, they hate you as much as they hate Caitlyn Jenner. They hate us all because we won’t agree to their view of religion. So America, we are all in this together.”