Sen. Lindsey Graham said if Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in his party, suggesting that Jenner’s safety would be secure should he become president.
“If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be safe and have a prosperous economy, vote for me,” the 2016 Republican candidate said in an interview that aired Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“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,” Graham added of Jenner, who last week revealed herself as a woman on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.
The South Carolina senator corrected his pronouns when referring to Jenner during the interview: “I hope he – I hope she – has found peace,” he said.
Host Dana Bash asked Graham, then, if Republicans should reach out to the transgender community in the country.
But Graham stuck to his own playbook, defending his position on traditional marriage, though he said of the impending historic Supreme Court decision on gay marriage that he would accept the court’s ruling.
“I’m a pro-life, traditional marriage kind of guy, but I’m running to be president of the United States. If Caitlyn Jenner wants to be a Republican, she is welcome in my party,” he said.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Sunday declined to comment on Caitlyn Jenner during his Sunday show appearance on ABC’s “This Week.” When asked to react to President Obama’s tweet that what Jenner did “takes courage,” Walker said “I think it’s a personal decision – I don’t know that there’s anything more to comment on.”