In one declaration Announcing her candidacy for California governor on Friday, Caitlyn Jenner said the Golden State needed a leader with a “clear vision,” although Jenner herself has had shifting views in recent years on President Donald Trump and same-sex marriage.
In its release interview with ABC News in 2015, Jenner, a longtime Republican, reiterated her support for the GOP, stating that she “believed[s] in the Constitution “and noting that she is” not a big fan “of former President Barack Obama, while giving him” credit “for being the first president to use the word” transgender “.
Jenner grabbed the headlines during the 2016 campaign when she called Hillary Clinton a “liar f-king,” took Trump on a to offer use the women’s toilet in the Trump Tower, and Free become the “trans ambassador” of GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz, despite his controversial comments on transgender people and bathrooms.
The Olympic athlete turned reality TV star spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, even as the GOP gave the green light to a Platform which defined marriage as “the union of a man and a woman” and claims Trump is said to be “very good at women’s issues.”
Jenner said she voted for Trump in 2016, although records show she did not vote, according to Politics-and assisted his inauguration ceremony in 2017, but it started to backfire just days after taking office, telling ABC News that she was “extremely” disappointed when Trump revoked an Obama directive to protect the bathroom choice of transgender students.
Jenner renounced her support for the former president in 2018, writing in a editorial published in the Washington post she saw Trump’s election as “fertile ground for change within the Republican Party on LGBTQ issues,” but turned out to be “false” because the “reality is that the trans community is under relentless attack” by Trump.
Asked by Billy Bush who she planned to vote for in 2020, Jenner replied that one thing she has “learned in the last two or three years is not to talk about politics”, before smiling and appearing to be joking, she should vote for her then-son-in-law, Kanye West.
“It was easy to be trans. It was harder to come out as a Republican, ”Jenner said. mentionned during an interview in 2016. Speaking to People magazine last year, Jenner claims to have “changed his political opinions” and to be henceforth “economically conservative, socially progressive”.
9. This is the number of times Jenner has voted in the 26 California state elections since 2000, Politics reports.
Jenner’s mixed record on LGBTQ issues is likely to become an issue during the campaign. While advocating for transgender rights since her release, Jenner has criticism attracted from the LGBTQ community for their support of the GOP and lukewarm endorsement of same-sex marriage. As a guest on the Ellen Degeneres Show in 2015, Jenner called herself a “traditionalist” who was initially against same-sex marriage, but now “okay” with it. Two years later, in an interview with ABC News, Jenner clarified she was now “100%” behind same-sex marriage.
In a 2018 interview with Broadly, Jenner claims Trump, when it comes to LGBTQ issues, was “the worst president we’ve ever had.”
What to watch out for
How Jenner’s views are crystallizing now that she’s running for governor. No political platform is listed in Jenner’s campaign website, although his statement released Friday criticizes California’s high taxes and the “overly restrictive lockdown.” Jenner recently declared her support for Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall movement, writing on Twitter that she was “very proud of the work being done by Rescue California! Californians are fed up with the lack of leadership in Sacramento and it’s time to #RemindGavin. “Former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale is would have involved in the effort to bring Jenner’s team together, but will not be an official member of the campaign. “Over the past decade, we have seen the golden state’s glow diminished by the one-party regime that puts politics before progress and special interests ahead of people,” Jenner’s statement said.