CAITLYN Jenner’s surprise bid to become California’s next governor has been savaged by fellow celebrities after Republicans “denied her existence”.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star is vying to follow in the footsteps of ‘The Governator’ Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Caitlyn Jenner wants to become California’s next governor[/caption]
“I’m in! California is worth fighting for,” Jenner tweeted on Friday morning.
But her political announcement was slammed by Alyssa Milano, who tweeted back: “With all due respect, Caitlyn Jenner, you are running as a Republican?!
“Republicans deny your existence and are trying to erase trans youth. HELL NO.”
Milano was referring to Jenner publicly grabbing back her support of Donald Trump in October 2018 because of his anti-LGBTQ policies.
The KUWTK star – a Republican – had spoken at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland and voted for Donald Trump.
Caitlyn Jenner tweeted her announcement[/caption]
But he ended up upsetting her after he removed federal rules protecting transgender people’s’ rights to use bathrooms of their choice.
Jenner wrote in The Washington Post, back in 2018: “I thought Trump would help trans people. I was wrong.”
A campaign adviser told Axios: “Certainly she has not seen eye-to-eye with [Trump] on a lot of things.
“I think that Caitlyn will talk to anyone, Democrat or Republican. Donald Trump is not going to be the deciding factor for the state of California.”
California Gov Gavin Newsom is under pressure[/caption]
Jenner confirmed today that she was running for California governor with her new website, as incumbent Gavin Newsom faces an election recall.
The former Olympian and reality star announced the news of her run on an official “Caitlyn for California” site.
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” the website reads.
“But 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.
“Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”
The next Governor of California?[/caption]
Jenner has already filed her official paperwork in Los Angeles County.
CNN reports: “Her bid is one of the most high profile campaigns by a transgender person in the the country.”
Newsom campaign spokesman Dan Newman said: “We always knew the Republican recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump-supporters, which only reinforces how much Californians appreciate Governor Newsom’s competent compassionate experienced leadership during an unprecedented series of crises.”
One of Jenner’s supporters told the broadcaster she would contest the role as a socially liberal and fiscally conservative Republican.
“I think she has policy positions that align with right-of-center Republicans but also voters who fall outside of that category,” the unnamed source added.
But, other celebs, including The View hosts, have slammed Jenner’s bid to lead California.
Alyssa Milano pointed out that the Republicans rolled back legislation[/caption]
An unimpressed Joy Behar urged the star to “take a seat – someone with credentials should take on California.”
Speaking about Jenner’s big political push on The View, Ana Navarro said: “I think it’s great we’re having a discussion about LGBT trans rights – a big topic.
“I think breaking the glass ceiling is a good thing, a trans Republican may change some Republican minds.”
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However Sunny Hostin chipped in: “I think we’ve had enough of [the] reality stars running for government we’ve had enough over the past four years.
“[There’s also] the fact that she was supportive of Trump until her community was attacked and unsupported by her president.”
Hostin pointed out that Jenner has only dabbled in politics over the years, and hasn’t – until now – shown any huge interest in government.
She claimed that “Caitlyn was an infrequent [voter], and didn’t vote in the 2016 election”.