It may be difficult to be a transgender person in America, but it's even harder to be a conservative.
That's according to Caitlyn Jenner, the transgender former Olympic athlete who is now presenting himself as a woman. Jenner was recently speaking at the University of Pennsylvania when he was asked why he is a Republican. “I have gotten more flak for being a conservative Republican than I have for being trans,” Jenner replied.
Jenner didn't elaborate further. Journalist and author Buzz Bissinger, who was the interviewer for the event, said, “Just because you change gender doesn’t mean you change your core beliefs.”
A 2015 article in the Washington Post suggested that athletes tend to be more conservative than other celebrities:
Jenner, who won the Olympic gold medal in decathlon in 1976, is also an athlete, a group that -- all indications suggest -- is more likely to lean conservative than other celebrities.
Look no further than Jenner's fellow American decathletes. Dave Johnson, who won the bronze medal in decathlon in 1992, said in an e-mail he is also Republican. And Bryan Clay, who won the gold medal in decathlon in 2008, spoke at the Republican National Convention that year.
There's no good, definitive polling data on athletes' political beliefs, but a poll of students conducted by the Brown Daily Herald at Brown University just this month found its student-athletes were more likely than non-student-athletes to hold conservative social and fiscal views.