The election of Donald Trump—in addition to being an abject moral and political catastrophe—convinced many that quite literally anyone can become president, regardless of qualifications or character. Bolstered by this wave of collective delusion, Caitlyn Jenner, the multimillionaire celebrity attention-seeker, has officially announced that she is running as a Republican for Governor of California.
Jenner has in the past espoused all manner of odious political views, from weaponizing her own transgender identity to attack transgender athletes to supporting Donald Trump (even if she later claimed to regret that support). She is a wealthy, privileged, out-of-touch reactionary who embodies all of the worst traits of the modern Republican Party.
The recall election aimed at unseating Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, though certainly bolstered at least somewhat by genuinely disgruntled constituents, is largely a Republican political stunt. Whoever clinches the GOP nomination has slim to no chances of actually winning in the heavily Democratic state and so Jenner’s campaign is best interpreted as a publicity scheme, an attempt to ingratiate herself as an A-list conservative celebrity. That’s not to say we shouldn’t take her seriously—a lesson hard-learned by Trump’s victory—it’s to say that her motives are deeply suspect.
Determined to prove just what a lowlife she really is, Jenner appeared on Sean Hannity’s right-wing propaganda show last night to boost her candidacy and smear the homeless. She gave a deeply unconvincing case for her campaign by pretending as if California is in some existential crisis because her rich friends are leaving the state.
“My friends are leaving California!” said Jenner. “Actually, my hangar—the guy across—he was packing up his hangar and I said ‘Where are you going?” And he says ‘I’m going to Sedona, Arizona. I can’t take it here anymore. I can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.'”
The idea that her experiences in a private plane hangar are in any way relatable or transferable to the rest of California is laughable. How incredibly removed from the day-to-day lives of normal people do you have to be to say something so asinine? And how disgustingly calloused must you be to think that the real problem with homeless people is that they exist within your vision and not the unjust society that forces them to be homeless in the first place?
“I don’t want to leave. Okay? Either I stay and fight or I get out of here,” added Jenner.
If her choice is really staying in California to fight for the parasitic preferences of the super-rich or moving elsewhere, she’s welcome to do the latter. She can’t even be trusted with the keys to a car without getting in a fatal crash, why would we ever hand her the keys to the Governor’s Mansion?
Caitlyn Jenner to Hannity: "My friends are leaving California. My hangar, the guy right across, he was packing up his hangar and I said, where are you going? And he says, 'I'm moving to Sedona, Arizona, I can't take it anymore. I can't walk down the streets and see the homeless'" pic.twitter.com/Z1WbBBQXq7
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 6, 2021
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Rob Haffey is a writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.