In a lengthy interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Caitlyn Jenner laid out why she is running for governor in California and bluntly stated that the direction President Joe Biden is taking the country “scares” her.
While Jenner both admired former President Donald Trump and disagreed with him on a number of issues while he was in office, she has no qualms about how she feels concerning President Biden currently. She claimed she doesn’t agree with him on anything and his politics terrify her: “Biden, I don’t think I’ve agreed with anything,” Jenner told Hannity. “I don’t think, since he’s been in there, he has done anything for the American worker, maybe other ones. So, it is a 180-degree turn in our country, going the other direction, and it scares me.”
Jenner is a Republican and endorsed Trump in 2016. Later, she would go on to rescind her support after Trump’s administration enacted a military ban for transgender individuals. She would go on to write an op-ed in The Washington Post that accused the former president of showing “no regard for an already marginalized and struggling community.”
“What I liked about Donald Trump is, he was a disrupter,” Jenner remarked. “He came in and shook the system up, OK? A lot of people didn’t like that in Washington, D.C., but he came in and shook the system up. I think he did some things that I agree with, some things I didn’t agree with … on trans issues, LGBT issues. I was more hopeful at the beginning. But there were some good things he did.”
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Jenner went on to state: “I have always been on the Republican side, just because I have conservative economic values. You know the old saying, lower taxes, less regulations, you know, a more friendly business environment, and we don’t have that in California.”
“But socially, I’ve been much more progressive all my life. I get it. People do need help. You know, we need programs. But you cannot have social programs without an economy. Doesn’t happen. You just don’t have the finances to do it. And that’s what’s happening here in California,” she declared.
Jenner finds herself in a tight pack of eight Republicans who are seeking to unseat Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in only the second gubernatorial recall election to ever occur in California’s history. Her competition includes former Congressman Doug Ose, former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and 2018 gubernatorial candidate John Cox. As a famous athlete and a transgender, Jenner’s profile is getting her a great deal of airtime and headlines which may give her an advantage in the race.
WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for! pic.twitter.com/BHglwn5ZSE
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 4, 2021
She considers herself an “outsider” and a “thoughtful disrupter.”
“I want to take that same fight, that same spirit, go to Sacramento, surround myself with some of the smartest people out there,” Jenner commented. “I am an outsider. I understand that- smartest people out there because now I’m in a race for solutions. I need to find solutions to be able to turn this state around. I absolutely love this state. I’m a fighter. Always have been.”
Jenner made it clear to Hannity that she is incensed by Newsom’s “hypocrisy” and sense of entitlement.
“What I see in Gavin Newsom is a politician up to some special interests, make his decisions as a politician in special interests and the hypocrisy that is going on right now. It’s like there’s one set of rules for Sacramento and there’s another set of rules for everyone else,” Jenner remarked. “I’m really fighting against the hypocrisy that’s been going on. He’s been so bad on every issue. He’s been bad on taxes… he’s been horrible for business obviously. Companies are leaving left and right. 18,000 companies have left California. My friends are leaving California!”
And unlike President Biden and Democrats in general, Jenner supports building a wall on the border with Mexico. She wants to strip California’s status as a sanctuary state as well.
“I am all for the wall, I would secure the wall,” Jenner stated. “We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a secure wall. You have two questions here. One is stopping people from coming in illegally into the state. And then the second question is, what do we do with the people that are here? We are a compassionate county, ok? We are a compassionate state. Some help, I mean, some people we’re going to send back ok, no question about that. But I have met some of the greatest immigrants [in] our country.”
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The former reality star has formed a team of prominent Republican operatives that are advising her. Part of her team includes Steven Cheung, who was a Trump White House and reelection campaign aide that worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2003 gubernatorial recall election victory, and 2016 and 2020 Trump presidential campaign pollster Tony Fabrizio.
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