It’s official: former reality TV star and Olympic champion Caitlyn Jenner is running for Governor of California.
Jenner is a lifelong Republican who’s on a quest to replace current Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom in an upcoming recall election.
Jenner’s celebrity status along with widespread dissatisfaction with Newsom is hoped to be the key for victory, although Jenner is not running under a MAGA banner due to California’s leftist sympathies and moderate Republicans.
Nonetheless, the former decathlete will be using a number of top Trump insiders to run the campaign including pollster Tony Fabrizio and strategists Ryan Erwin and Tyler Deaton. Jenner has also picked up former Trump communications adviser Steven Cheung who also helped Arnold Schwarzenegger become Governor in 2003 following the recall of disastrous Democrat Gray Davis.
Translation? Jenner is not “officially” MAGA but using the MAGA strategy for victory.
Will Jenner Win?
Jenner says that “California is worth fighting for,” needs better leadership and also lacks “an honest leader with a clear vision.” According to Jenner, the Democrats are running California into the ground because “for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people.”
That’s pretty much spot on.
In addition, Jenner has focused on California’s high taxes, draconian lockdown laws and overzealous school restrictions that have damaged kids. This is all in contrast to Newsom’s own hypocrisy, since he was caught out during strict lockdowns meeting with friends and donors at an upscale restaurant.
“This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends,” Jenner said.
The fact is that Jenner obviously faces an uphill battle in deep blue California. But bringing onboard top Trump hands and having an already established celebrity name recognition is a very good start.
In addition, Jenner isn’t actually a conservative in the true sense since Jenner is socially liberal, so this could appeal to many Californians who want lower taxes and regulations but are also not traditional in their beliefs.
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 23, 2021
Does Jenner Support Trump?
Jenner came out publicly in support of Trump up until 2018 when the former President got rid of federal rules that let trans students use any bathroom they wanted. After this decision, Jenner said that their “hope in Trump was misplaced,” and it’s clear that the two are not exactly on the same page.
At the same time, Jenner is clearly not anti-Trump in any big sense, and has the potential to pick up Trump supporters as well and those who are horrified about what more years of Democrat state rule could do to the formerly great state of California.
Support to pull Newsom from office is currently around 40 percent, and if he is ultimately recalled it still leaves the race for governor itself, which is likely to be very competitive.
Jenner was born as Bruce Jenner in 1949 in Kisco, New York and currently lives in a mansion in Malibu, California. Jenner became famous for being a world champion decathlete, nabbing gold at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and reentered the public limelight after marrying into the Kardashian family and taking part in the reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Jenner became the most famous transgender individual in the world after announcing they had become transgender in 2015 and getting transgender surgery in 2017. The change was heavily and favorably covered by the US corporate media, although no mention was made of Jenner’s Republican affiliation or beliefs which don’t line up with Democrat orthodoxy.