“I’m in!” With those two words, world famous Olympian, reality television star and out transgender celebrity Caitlyn Jenner launched a bid to unseat California’s embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom, who faces an almost certain recall election this fall.
“Get out!” was the collective response on social media with very few exceptions.
Not since Tom Brady longingly hoped for a high-five from his teammates in 2013 has any athlete so famous received so little support. In fact, the transgender celebrity is getting just the opposite of support since making her announcement on Twitter Friday: She’s being slammed on social media for having “no experience” and being a “grifter” looking for a new “money-making gig.”
And as Outsports reported, Jenner’s campaign is a complete 180 from where she was in April 2020, telling me on the Outsports podcast, The Trans Sporter Room, she had no interest in politics. There is a lot of speculation as to who or what changed her mind. We know from people who watch TV’s “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” that Jenner recently sought her ex-wife Kris Jenner’s advice to be relevant again, and make some money doing it. Awkward! But let’s think about that: Could it be that the famous momager suggested a run for office? Would that be an actual strategy, or maybe a plot to sabotage her former spouse as revenge for writing her very painful tell-all memoir?
To tell you the truth: I don’t give a fuck. Yes, I’ve met Caitlyn Jenner a number of times, and although she’s been considerate to me personally, I’m not blind to the fact she is a master media manipulator. Her kindness to me does not erase the fact that she is an out-of-touch, wealthy, conservative, narcissist opportunist who, for all the good we’re told she does with her fortune to benefit the transgender community, she doesn’t really care about anyone other than herself or her family. Even some of her “friends” from her reality show, “I Am Cait,” are saying, “I Am Done.”
I’m not going to be commenting on Caitlyn Jenner’s candidacy for CA governor. I said everything I have to say when I co-starred on her series. She is my friend, but yes, I did once hit her with a rolled up newspaper. pic.twitter.com/YZTyW4G6hs
— Jennifer Finney Boylan (@JennyBoylan) April 23, 2021
What I wouldn’t give for a rolled up newspaper to swat her with right now.
You want more? She lives in a Malibu dreamhouse above the clouds (okay, so, it’s the marine layer, whatever) and she couldn’t squeeze even one word into her campaign message about the epidemic of homelessness? She’s as out of touch about that problem as she is anti-trans legislation. Caitlyn Jenner is the world’s most famous trans athlete and she, what, forgot to include even one word about the fight to ban them in two dozen states?
Here’s another one: how about preparing for California’s next natural disaster? Or any words that hint at where she stands, on anything. It’s embarrassing, and no wonder she’s being dragged.
What’s not really surprising, however, is that Jenner’s first bid for public office is controversial; it’s not just because she’d be the first trans governor in the country, California’s first woman governor and the first Olympian governor. It’s how she’s positioned herself that has tongues wagging.
“As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late,” the 71-year-old Jenner, a Republican, wrote. “Taking on entrenched Sacramento politicians and the special interests that fund them requires a fighter who isn’t afraid to do what is right. I am a proven winner,” she said.
Wait. “Proven winner”? Does she realize the Montreal Summer Games were 45 years ago?
Okay, fine, Cait, finish your thought. We’ll wait.
“And the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”
Speaking of disasters, Jenner is being ratioed on Twitter in much the same way the Hindenburg left its mark on the hydrogen-filled dirigible business in the late 1930s.
Your website has two things: donate and shop. No policy. We see why you’re running. Typical Republican. Running to maintain and grow the wealth of yourself and your family. pic.twitter.com/Q56FwbCF5V
— Mike Lee Is A Traitor (@nick_raso83) April 23, 2021
Russia Connected Brad Parscale Is Behind Caitlyn Jenner’s Run For CA Governor: `Caitlyn Jenner is running for governor of California, and the person who is helping her put together her team of Trumpers is Brad Parscale. https://t.co/bHOBe2QAEH
— Top U.S. & World News (@USRealityCheck) April 23, 2021
“Oh, but I thought we couldn’t make fun of Caitlyn Jenner or we’d be called transphobic?!”
That’s never been the case. If you make fun of her *for being trans,* then yeah. If you make fun of her for being a dumb out of touch reality TV star who killed a person with her car, no.
— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) April 23, 2021
“Backed by Republicans, 31 states have pushed well over 100 anti trans bills this year. I, a transgender woman, think I’ll run for governor as a republican!”
— Gwendolyn Ann Smith (@gwenners) April 23, 2021
Caitlyn Jenner announced she’s running to be governor of California. I checked her website and there’s nothing about any platform or policies but there are links to buy merchandise. That’s all you need to know about her priorities right there.
— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) April 23, 2021
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.
— Charlotte Clymer ️ (@cmclymer) April 23, 2021
Look, NONE of the trans people I know (myself included) think Caitlyn Jenner is qualified to run a lemonade stand, let alone run for governor. You, allies of trans people, are absolutely allowed to criticize Jenner.
Just don’t be a transphobic asshole while you do it. https://t.co/M2Z7wDlMey
— Rebecca Kling (@RebeccaKling) April 23, 2021
I’m very sure Jenner does not give a shit about what I’ve written or anything anyone is saying, just as before. The truth is that Jenner has gone off the deep end this time. At this most critical time in the struggle for transgender rights, the last thing California or the country needs is a trans ambassador who promises to be the sequel to the Donald Trump celebrity political horror show we only barely survived. No. No. A thousand times, no.
There are many, many more tweets. You can read many of them in this article in Raw Story. Better yet, tell us what you think in the comments below.