In her first televised interview since declaring her candidacy for Governor, GOP recall hopeful Caitlyn Jenner told Fox’s Sean Hannity that one of the problems caused by California’s housing crisis is that the homeless have forced one of her friends and fellow private airplane owners to abandon the Golden State.
“The guy right across, he was packing up his hangar,” the Olympic gold medalist told Hannity during a chat in her own Malibu airplane hangar Wednesday. “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.’”
The former reality TV star began the exchange by likening herself to her grandfather, who fought in WWI, and her father, a veteran of WWII, stating, “I’m not going up Omaha Beach, I’m going up in Sacramento, but we have to change things…This state’s done so much for me over the years, but I’ve watched it crumble right before my eyes.”
Jenner then insisted that Democrats have enjoyed a gubernatorial “dynasty” in California “for the last 40 years,” although she allowed that two-term Republican Governors Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger had each “come in a little bit.”
Next, Jenner complained it was “shocking” that “the Democrats had to verify every signature” before certifying that a recall election would take place.
Asked what Jenner means when she calls herself “a compassionate disrupter,” the candidate replied, “I kind of play around with that term… and then I was thinking the other day, ‘I think I’m more of a thoughtful disrupter.’ I have common sense, OK? I see what’s going on and I see no common sense in politics, and why they’re doing it, besides only for political reasons.”
Clarifying that she’s “always been on the Republican side just because I have conservative economic values,” Jenner called for tax reductions and “a more friendly business environment,” adding that, “socially, I’ve been much more progressive all my life…but you can’t have social programs without an economy.”
On immigration to California, Jenner said, “I would keep it a sanctuary state for small businesses, meaning I want small businesses to come into this state, I want people to create wealth here… But as far as immigration, no, I am not on that.”
As far as the bits and pieces of Trump’s legacy strewn about the southwest, Jenner is “all for the wall” because, “We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country, without a secure wall.”
Although Jenner said, “Some people, we’re gonna send back,” she also mentioned a friend who came to the U.S. on a visa and has been trying to gain citizenship for 17 years.
“I would do everything for him to stay here,” she said.
Jenner may be among the most famous trans woman on earth, but she drew the ire of some trans rights supporters earlier this week when she told TMZ that she favors proposals in at least 34 states that would ban trans girls from girls’ sports, saying, “This is a question of fairness. That’s why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls’ sports in school. It just isn’t fair, and we have to protect girls’ sports in our schools.”
On Wednesday, Jenner told Hannity, “I stick with my statements that I made. I think we have to make sure that the integrity of girls’ sports is there. I think that’s extremely important, but there’s more to it than just what I said, because I just said biological boys in sports. There’s more to it than that.”
Jenner suggested that she might refine her position at a later date.
“I think in the future I will explain more of that,” she said. “But for me, as a trans woman, I think role models are extremely important for young people. Trans issues, people struggle with big time. Our suicide rate is nine times higher than the general public. And for me to be a role model for them, to be out there—I am running for Governor of the State of California. Who would have ever thought that? We’ve never even had a woman Governor.”