Reality star Caitlyn Jenner has officially announced her intentions of running for governor. The father of Kylie and Kendall Jenner and Kardashian step-parent has joined the leads of celebrities running for office. The Terminator lead’s Arnold Schwartzenager held office as a Republican, being the 38th California governor from 2003-2011.
This is not the first time the reality star has become involved in politics. She has been spotted wearing Make America Great Again hats and has historically been conservative. In October 2018 she recounted her original support from former president Trump. Caitlyn no longer felt that Trump would positively support the transgender community. However, Politico analyzed her infrequent voting records and found that Caitlyn did not vote for either candidate in the 2016 election. She wrote about this in a Washington Post opinion piece titled “Caitlin Jenner: I thought Trump would help trans people. I was wrong” on October 25, 2018.
Jenner has filed official government paperwork in order to proceed with legitimizing her run for governor. The former Olympian has already faced backlash. LGBTQA+ activist Charlotte Clymer tweeted “I do care about the ways in which her asinine views will be weaponized against trans people and the ways in which transphobia will go unchecked. This is purely a vanity campaign, and it’s incredibly selfish.”
She continued by arguing “Caitlyn Jenner’s only real political position is doing whatever it takes to boost Caitlyn Jenner, and she doesn’t care who gets hurt along the way”.
Jenner criticized current Governor Gavin Newsom’s handling of Covid-19 and expressed the belief that the economy was negatively impacted. She tweeted “Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown. An entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school, participating in activities, or socializing with their friends.”
At the time of this article, over 3,626,656 Californians have been confirmed to be positive with Covid.