OAKLAND – Republican reality TV star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner told Fox News she was ‘all for the wall’ – former President Trump’s controversial southern border effort – and called it crucial control of illegal immigration.
“I’m all for the wall, I would secure the wall. We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a secure wall,” Jenner told host Sean Hannity at his big premiere. television interview since entering the country. The California governor’s race almost two weeks ago. The excerpt was released Wednesday ahead of an interview that will air at 6 p.m. PT.
But Jenner also appeared to support undocumented immigrants already living in the country.
“You have two questions here,” she said. “One is to prevent people from illegally entering the state. And then the second question is, what do we do with the people who are here? We are a compassionate country, okay? We are a Compassionate State. “
“I mean, some people we’re going to fire, okay, no questions about that,” she added. “But I have met some of the greatest immigrants to our country.”
The Republican’s meeting with Hannity in her hometown of Malibu clearly appeared to be aimed at putting her directly in the sights of grassroots GOP voters and donors across the country ahead of the California recall election that challenges the Democratic governor. Gavin Newsom.
Last month, state election officials announced that supporters of the recall had obtained at least 1.6 million valid signatures – more than enough to qualify the election likely to take place in the fall.
The campaign relied heavily on Republican voters in the state, and organizers fed anger at Newsom over his pandemic restrictions on businesses, churches and schools. They collected most of their signatures during the state’s worst coronavirus peak from November to January, when the governor imposed a strict lockdown. Newsom also took a major misstep by dining at one of the country’s most exclusive restaurants for a lobbyist friend’s birthday party after suggesting residents stay home and limit their interactions.
But California now has the lowest coronavirus rate in the country and businesses are starting to open up on a larger scale, including Disneyland and professional sports stadiums. Vaccines are widely available, and residents have started meeting with friends and family again after being fully immunized.
Yet most of California’s 6 million public schoolchildren lack access to five days a week of classroom instruction, a sticking point for critics, including Jenner and other Republican challengers. They said they would open full-time schools if they were elected governor. Newsom pushed local districts and unions to do the same, but gave them control over decisions.
Jenner, according to excerpts from the interview, presented herself as “an outsider” to the political process and the antidote to Newsom, saying she is now “in a race for solutions” to address the most critical issues in the world. the state.
“I want to take that same fight, that same spirit, go to Sacramento, surround myself with some of the smartest people out there,” she said. “I’m a stranger … now I’m in a race for solutions.”
Jenner also said it’s important to be a role model for transgender youth. “And for me to be a role model, for them to be there,” she said. “I’m running for governor of the state of California, who would have thought that? We never even had a female governor.”