WASHINGTON – Transgender activist and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner said in an interview on Wednesday night that she was running for governor of California because her state was collapsing.
“This state has done so much for me over the years. But I saw it crumble before my eyes, ”said Jenner, a longtime Republican, in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.
Speaking about what she said was her airplane hanger, she continued, “I knew it wouldn’t be easy. I knew it would be hard, but you know what? California is worth fighting for, and I am doing it.
Jenner, who announced last month that she was running to overthrow Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, added that many of her friends are leaving the state but wants to fight for solutions.
“The guy across the street was packing his shed,” Jenner said. “And he said, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can not stand it anymore. I can’t walk the streets and see the homeless. ”
“I do not want to leave. Either I stay and I fight, or I get out of here, ”she added.
Jenner’s campaign comes as Newsom’s recall effort advances.
Asked about support for so-called sanctuary cities, Jenner said the United States must spend money to have a “fair and equitable immigration system.”
Jenner said she supported former President Donald Trump’s efforts to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, saying, “We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a wall. secured.
The United States has had some form of barrier along the southern border for years.
She then said, “We are a compassionate country, okay? We are a compassionate state. … Some people, we’ll send back. No doubt about that. … But I have met some of the more. great immigrants in our country. “
Jenner endorsed Trump in the 2016 election, but later renounced his support, writing in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed: “I was wrong.”
“The reality is that the trans community is under relentless attack by this president,” she wrote.
Despite her renouncing Trump, a number of pro-LGBTQ groups have criticized Jenner and activists have spoken out against her entering the gubernatorial race.
Jenner, the stepmother of the famous Kardashian reality TV clan who starred in her own reality TV show, could be the first of what many strategists believe to be a long line of celebrity contenders and newcomers who could closely mirror those who ran during the 2003 California election recall.
Action star Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, ultimately won the race with 49% of the vote, replacing then-Democratic governor Governor Gray Davis.