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Fox host Tomi Lahren forcefully defended Caitlyn Jenner. Now her fans & critics are wondering why.

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California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner (R) was subjected to transphobic taunting at a conservative conference this weekend and an unlikely person is standing up for her: Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren, who has been making anti-LGBTQ statements for years.

“Hearing how some ‘conservatives’ treated Caitlyn Jenner at CPAC makes my blood boil,” Lahren tweeted earlier today.

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Jenner attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend, where online personality “The Black Conservative Preacher” and another person called her an anti-trans slur and referred to her by her deadname repeatedly as she left her hotel room to go to a car, and they streamed their harassment.

The preacher made comments like “Don’t forget about Jesus!” and “What do you think of the stuff they’re teaching in schools regarding the LGBTQ?” as he followed her.

That it happened didn’t surprise many people, considering that Republican lawmakers across the country and in Congress don’t support transgender rights and even started a war on trans youth this past year, trying to pass dozens of bills attacking trans rights across the country.

But Tomi Lahren – who once denounced actor Billy Porter for wearing a dress, calling it “attacking traditional men and marriage at every turn” – stood up for Jenner on Twitter.

“There’s no room for your hate in the America First movement,” she wrote. “We believe in freedom and we believe in limited government. The way she chooses to live her personal life harms you in no way!”

Some people were surprised that Lahren stood up for Jenner, considering her past statements on LGBTQ people.

Many conservatives responded to Lahren’s tweet as well, explaining why they believe that transphobic harassment is good.

This isn’t the first time the right has criticized Lahren for not treating Jenner with sufficient contempt. Just last month, she received a barrage of criticism online when she correctly referred to Jenner with she/her pronouns.

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