Caitlyn Jenner says she ‘can’t believe’ voters kept Newsom in office after receiving only about 1% of the vote in the California recall election

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Gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner looks on during a Town Hall meeting in Pasadena, California, on August 28, 2021.

  • Caitlyn Jenner has so far received 1.1% of the vote in the California gubernatorial recall election.
  • Despite her near-universal name identification, Jenner struggled to gain traction with voters.
  • In a Newsmax interview, she said that she would “evaluate” any future political opportunities.
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Caitlyn Jenner entered this year’s California gubernatorial recall election with near-universal name recognition and a burning desire to take down Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, branding herself as a “compassionate disrupter” who would “save” the Golden State from its liberal excesses.

However, as the returns came in on Tuesday night, it was clear early on that Newsom would not only remain in office for the rest of his first term, which expires in early 2023, but Republicans would once again be shut out of the levers of power in Sacramento – with Jenner faltering among the electorate in her first political race.

With 58% of the vote in, Jenner has so far received 56,355 votes, or roughly 1.1% of the vote, out of nearly 5.3 million votes that have so far been counted, according to Insider and Decision Desk HQ.

Jenner was well behind Republican frontrunner and conservative radio host Larry Elder, who has so far secured 45% of the vote, amounting to 2,373,551 votes, among those who chose a candidate in the event that Newsom was recalled.

Other prominent Republicans including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and 2018 gubernatorial nominee John Cox were also ahead of Jenner, securing 8.3% and 4.2% of the vote, respectively.

Jenner, reacting to the results, expressed disappointment that Newsom had survived the recall, which was fueled by conservative anger over his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as it pertained to business closures during the first waves of the virus.

In a video shared by CBS News, the retired gold-medal Olympian was in disbelief that Newsom beat back the election challenge.

“He didn’t campaign on not one of his successes, because he doesn’t have any,” she said. “I can’t believe that this many people actually voted to keep him in office. It’s a shame, honestly, it’s a shame. You kind of get the government you deserve.”

She added: “When I decided to do this, I was coming in as an outsider. I’ve been around politics a long time, but never actually running for office. And I thought I really needed some great people to surround me, to help me get through this, that know the ins and outs of politics. I was able to assemble a great team. And I have to thank all of them, for giving me the guidance, the help, the work on issues.”

During an appearance on Newsmax earlier on Tuesday, Jenner expressed that she was “hoping for the best” with the election results.

“For me, it’s just so up in the air [with] what is going to happen,” she said. “Number one, we gotta get Gavin Newsom outta there. I think it’s going to be difficult doing that, but I’m hoping for the best … If he doesn’t get recalled, I pity the people of California.”

When Jenner was asked if she would consider running against Newsom again in 2022 or try her hand at a congressional race, she said that she would keep her options open.

“One thing I can say is I have thoroughly enjoyed this process,” she said. “It has been uplifting, rewarding. I’m a compassionate person. I love the people. The process has been great. Once this is over with, we’re gonna evaluate, see where we’re at.”

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Caitlyn Jenner said she supports abortion rights but also defended Texas’ ‘right to make their own decision’ on anti-abortion law

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Gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner looks on during a Town Hall meeting in Pasadena, California, August 28, 2021.

  • Caitlyn Jenner said she supports abortion rights but also defended Texas’ new anti-abortion law.
  • “I am for a woman’s right to choose,” the California gubernatorial candidate told CNN.
  • “I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws,” she added.
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Caitlyn Jenner on Tuesday expressed her support for abortion rights but also defended Texas’ decision to enact a law that virtually outlaws the procedure.

Jenner, a Republican gubernatorial candidate in California’s recall election, shared her views on abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s refusal last week to block a Texas law that bans abortions after six weeks of pregnancy.

“I am for a woman’s right to choose. I am also for a state having the ability to make their own laws,” Jenner said in an interview with CNN. “And so I support Texas in that decision. That’s their decision. I’m OK with that.”

The former reality TV star and Olympic champion added that she does not anticipate “any changes” in the future to laws in California, where abortion is legal.

CNN host Brianna Keilar grilled Jenner on how she can support a woman’s right to an abortion while at the same time support Texas’ new law.

“I think they have the right in their state to do what they want to do,” Jenner replied. “Now do I agree with the decision or not? No, to be honest with you, I actually probably do not agree with the decision. But I agree with they have the right to make their own decision.”

The Texas law, which went into effect last Wednesday, bans abortions after the six-week mark of pregnancy – a time when many people do not yet know that they are pregnant. The law threatens abortion access statewide and makes no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. It also invites private citizens to enforce the ban rather than state officials, meaning individuals can sue people, such as a doctor, helping a patient get an abortion past the six-week point.

Abortion-rights groups have slammed the law as an attack on a woman’s right to an abortion established nearly 50 years ago under the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade. The Texas law comes as the Supreme Court is due to consider the constitutionality of abortion this fall in a case that could upend Roe v. Wade.

Democrats, including California Gov. Gavin Newsom, have similarly criticized Texas’ new law. Newsom is a fierce supporter of abortion rights and has made the issue a talking point of his campaign ahead of next Tuesday’s election.

Jenner is one of dozens of Republicans vying to unseat Newsom. Yet according to polling data, the current GOP frontrunner to replace Newsom is conservative talk show host Larry Elder.

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Australia is letting in people like Caitlyn Jenner while thousands of its own citizens are stuck overseas due to COVID-19 rules

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Caitlyn Jenner.

  • More than 30,000 Australians are stuck overseas due to the country’s COVID-19 rules.
  • But Caitlyn Jenner and other celebrities have been allowed to visit for film and TV production.
  • British far-right commentator Katie Hopkins is being deported after she bragged about flouting COVID-19 rules.
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California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner flew to Australia last week as COVID-19 lockdown measures have left citizens of the country stranded overseas and unable to return home.

As part of measures to control the pandemic, Australia instituted a limit on the number of incoming flight passengers it receives each week. The cap was slashed in half on July 14 as the Delta variant is contributing to a new surge in cases in the country. Now, about 3,000 passengers are allowed to enter the country each week.

The decreased cap, set to be in place at least until August 31, was bad news for the more than 30,000 citizens who have registered with the government as stuck abroad and wanting to come home. Those who are able to return are required to quarantine for 14 days in designated locations.

Most foreigners have not been allowed in at all. And yet Jenner said Friday she was “honoring a work commitment” in traveling to Australia, where she is reportedly filming the TV show “Big Brother.” Despite leaving California two months before a recall election, the Republican said she’s still vying to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Some figures in Australian media have blasted the news of her arrival.

“This is ridiculous,” Sky News host Paul Murray said Sunday. “There are literally flights that are returning with zero people on them because of travel caps, but she can fly into the country.”

Katie Hopkins, a British far-right commentator, was also allowed into Australia to appear on “Big Brother.” She sparked outrage after posting an Instagram live of herself on Saturday from a hotel room in Sydney where she was quarantining.

In the video, which has since been removed, Hopkins criticized Australia’s COVID-19 rules and bragged about flouting them, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reported. She called the lockdown a “hoax” and said she was waiting for workers to deliver food to her room so she could “spring it open and frighten the s— out of them and do it naked with no face mask.”

Following backlash, Hopkins was axed from the show, prompting her visa to be canceled overnight. She will now be deported.

“I thought it was just shameful, the fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews told ABC. “It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behavior.”

Despite the flight caps, celebrities have been allowed to enter Australia throughout the pandemic, as film and TV production continued due to the country’s relatively low rates of COVID-19. Others who have been allowed in the country since the border closed include Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, and Rita Ora, among others, as listed by ABC.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s run for California governor is a ‘vanity joke,’ says trans state senator Sarah McBride

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Delaware state senator Sarah McBride, left, told Insider that Caitlyn Jenner, right, is running a “trans vanity joke campaign.”

  • Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, is running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • Sarah McBride, the highest-ranking trans official in the US, told Insider that Jenner’s campaign is a “joke.”
  • The Delaware lawmaker went on to say that Jenner poses a “real threat” to young, trans people.
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Delaware state senator Sarah McBride, the highest-ranking openly transgender elected official in the US, told Insider that Caitlyn Jenner running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom is nothing more than a “joke.”

“I don’t see her talking to voters. I see her talking to far right-wing media. I see her talking to CPAC. I don’t see her talking to Californians,” McBride said.

The Delaware lawmaker told Insider that while transgender individuals running for office are normally positive for political representation, Jenner’s campaign is likely to do more harm than good.

“Caitlyn Jenner running for office is not helpful because I don’t think people perceive her, and this is an accurate perception, as a serious candidate and as a serious person,” McBride explained.

“I don’t think a trans vanity joke campaign, essentially what this is perceived as, is helpful to trans people being seen as fully realized, substantive, nuanced, diverse human beings,” she continued.

Read more: Caitlyn Jenner joins legal battle to block Gavin Newsom from getting a ‘D’ by his name on California’s gubernatorial recall election ballot

Jenner is running as a Republican and publicly supported former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. She has since denounced Trump over his stance on LGBTQ rights.

But some of her political positions have angered LGBTQ advocates. For example, the 77-year-old former athlete faced criticism for saying that transgender girls shouldn’t participate in girls’ sports teams, Insider’s Connor Perrett and Bill Bostock reported.

“I think someone who is endorsing anti-trans policies poses a real threat to young, trans people and to the people who have been targeted by these anti-trans bills that have been proliferated around the country,” McBride said. “So no, I don’t see her candidacy as a positive.”

Jenner is a longshot candidate for California governor. A UC Berkeley/Los Angeles Times poll of 10,289 California voters in May showed she only had 6 percent support.

Insider reached out to Jenner for comment, but she did not immediately respond to the request.

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Caitlyn Jenner’s campaign says they’re ‘documenting history’ with a camera crew, but the footage could be sold for a documentary or reality show

Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Television personality Caitlyn Jenner attends WORLDZ Cultural Marketing Summit at Hollywood and Highland on August 1, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Suspicions over Caitlyn Jenner’s California gubernatorial campaign are growing.
  • A new Politico report sheds details on a camera crew following her around.
  • Jenner could flip the footage to make money off of a documentary or reality show.
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Although Caitlyn Jenner’s Republican gubernatorial campaign in California has been light on substance, it may be sitting on a cash cow in the form of documentary footage.

Jenner is running in a recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, with enough voters signing a petition to put his term on the ballot early.

Read more: An ex-cop, anti-vaxxers, and Mike Huckabee: The 17 most prominent people driving the recall of California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom

A camera crew has been following Jenner all over the campaign trail, giving her the option of selling the video to a streaming service or TV channel, according to Politico Playbook.

“Right now, we’re focused on winning and I haven’t thought about what to do with it, but [the campaign is] something that needs to be documented,” a Jenner spokesperson told Politico.

Jenner’s campaign told Insider there is no deal in place for a documentary or TV show.

“As with any candidate that has done in the past, there are cameras filming Caitlyn at certain big political events like CPAC,” a campaign spokesperson wrote in an email. “There is no deal for any television show or documentary.”

While having a behind the scenes documentary put together is not unique to Jenner in US politics – the Mitt Romney and Hillary Clinton presidential campaigns being the most notable examples – Jenner’s campaign has befuddled California political observers for months.

Right from the start, Jenner’s campaign had mysteriously few public events, even going “silent” for its first full week, as Politico reported back in April.

Her interviews have been mostly confined to Fox News and conservative media, and it took her 77 days to take any questions from the California press.

“If she goes through the motions and it’s a legit campaign, we can’t legally differentiate between people where it’s a long shot and she’s just doing it to make a movie,” Richard Painter, a campaign ethics lawyer, told Playbook.

California’s recall election is set for September 14.

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene misgenders Caitlyn Jenner, calling her a ‘man in a dress’

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Caitlyn Jenner.

  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene misgendered CA gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner, calling her a “man in a dress.”
  • Jenner responded by referring to a settlement reached between Greene and a liberal PAC in March.
  • “Tough talk coming from someone who backed down to the woke mob and settled out of court with a Twitter troll,” Jenner wrote.
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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia misgendered conservative California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner in a Twitter feud, calling the celebrity a “man in a dress.”

“GOP support & consultants working to elect Jenner for Governor in CA are playing the left’s stupid identity politics game,” Greene wrote on Twitter on Monday. “A game that sells out our faith, family, and freedoms.”

“Stop promoting this man in a dress & NEVER-Trumper,” she continued. “CA Patriots worked too hard & deserve better.”

Jenner responded to Greene’s tweet by referencing a March settlement that was reached between Greene and MeidasTouch LLC, a Los Angeles-based political action committee, that bars her from blocking anyone on her Twitter account or other social media while she holds office.

The congresswoman will also pay $10,000 in legal fees to MeidasTouch, which the organization said they would donate to two organizations “pushing for common sense gun reform.”

“Tough talk coming from someone who backed down to the woke mob and settled out of court with a Twitter troll,” Jenner wrote. “Now your money is being used to take guns away from law abiding Americans.”

Representatives for Jenner and Greene did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment.

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Transphobic abuse hurled at Caitlyn Jenner at CPAC conference, called a ‘sick freak’ and deadnamed

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Caitlyn Jenner.

  • Caitlyn Jenner was hit with transphobic abuse while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference.
  • A heckler filmed himself repeatedly deadnaming her and calling her a “sick freak.”
  • The former reality TV star is running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
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Caitlyn Jenner was harassed and hit with transphobic abuse while attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.

A heckler filmed himself approaching the former reality TV star, who is running for governor of California, and repeatedly deadnaming her and calling her a “sick freak.”

Calling a transgender person by their birth name is known as deadnaming, and it can be a stressful and triggering experience.

A video of the abuse was posted to Twitter by the account Patriot Takes, which monitors right-wing media. The identity of the attacker who filmed the video is not clear.

The video shows the heckler approaching Jenner while she poses for photos in the lobby of the Hilton Anatole Hotel.

“Hey, Bruce. Bruce, what do you think about the stuff that they’re teaching in schools regarding the LGBTQ?”, the heckler shouts at her.

As Jenner walks away, he pursues her and says, “About Jesus Christ, Bruce. Don’t forget about Jesus.”

Jenner continues to ignore the attacker, and as she exits the hotel and heads towards a waiting car, the heckler says “look at that sick freak.”

Caitlyn Jenner is in Dallas to attend CPAC, an annual gathering of top US conservatives. The former reality TV star, a vocal Republican, runs in California’s recall election against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

In her first press conference since announcing her candidacy, Jenner recently said, “I am a private citizen of the state of California, I have every right in the world to be able to run for this office and I am on the Republican side. Obviously, I’m on the Republican side.”

“But don’t put me in this box, like if you’re in this box of ‘you’re a Republican, you have to think this way,” she said.

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Caitlyn Jenner says she doesn’t want Trump’s endorsement for her California gubernatorial campaign

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Caitlyn Jenner has previously denounced former President Donald Trump over his stance on LGBTQ issue

  • Caitlyn Jenner is running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • She said, during her first press conference, that she isn’t looking for Trump’s endorsement.
  • Jenner publicly supported Trump in 2016, but has since been critical of his stance on LGBTQ issues.
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Caitlyn Jenner does not want former President Donald Trump to endorse her campaign for California governor, she said during a press conference on Friday.

It was Jenner’s first press conference since she announced she was running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom 78 days ago, the Associated Press reported.

When asked by a reporter if she was looking for Trump’s endorsement, she replied: “No.”

“I am a private citizen of the state of California, I have every right in the world to be able to run for this office and I am on the Republican side, obviously I’m on the Republican side,” Jenner added.

“But don’t put me in this box, like if you’re in this box of ‘you’re a Republican, you have to think this way,” she continued.

Read more: Trump’s troubles expand the Republican field. Here’s the 5th edition of Insider’s 2024 presidential power rankings.

Jenner said that she has not spoken to the former president about her candidacy, Newsweek reported.

She also noted that she has previously denounced Trump over his stance on LGBTQ issues, the media outlet said.

The Republican gubernatorial hopeful says she has never voted for Trump and recently said that she skipped voting in the 2020 election to play golf. Public records, however, show that she did cast a ballot in the contest, according to CNN.

Jenner publicly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election and now counts several former Trump aides, including Brad Parscale, who headed Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, as her advisers, Insider’s Zac Ntim reported.

During Friday’s press conference, Jenner guaranteed that she was in the lead of the gubernatorial race. Polls consistently show that this isn’t the case.

A UC Berkeley/Los Angeles Times poll of 10,289 California voters in May showed she only had 6 percent support.

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California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner, who is polling at 6%, says ‘I guarantee you that I am in the lead’

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  • Caitlyn Jenner had her first press conference 77 days after announcing her gubernatorial bid, the AP reported.
  • The event lasted for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Jenner insisted she was in the lead, Politico reported, but a poll from May showed her in with only 6% support.
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California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner said she’s leading in the polls on Friday, disregarding a poll in May that showed she only had 6% support, Politico reported.

“Honestly, I’m not concerned about the polling,” Jenner said at her first campaign press conference on Friday, according to Politico. “I guarantee you that I am in the lead.”

Jenner is running in California’s recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom.

The Associated Press reported the former Olympian and reality TV star held her first conference 77 days after announcing her bid for governor. The event lasted less than 15 minutes.

Politico reported that Jenner announced plans for a bus tour across the state before the election on September 14.

“I’m here to win it,” she said.

Jenner was also dismissive of criticism about her voting record, the AP reported.

In May, Jenner told CNN that she skipped voting in the 2020 presidential election to play golf, but election records obtained by Politico show that she in fact did vote.

However, Jenner only voted in about a third of the elections she was eligible to vote in since 2000.

“I voted when I needed to” she said during the press conference, according to the AP.

Politico reported that Jenner said she would release five years of tax returns next week.

Jenner has said her experience in business makes her qualified to be governor. Politico reported that Jenner touted her name recognition during the press conference.

“I have a tremendous advantage, obviously because of name recognition,” Jenner said.

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Caitlyn Jenner wants to move the homeless to ‘big open fields’ because they are ‘destroying Venice Beach’

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Caitlyn Jenner is currently running to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in the recall election in California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner wants to deal with California’s homeless population by having them camp in “big open fields.”
  • She blamed the homeless for an uptick in crime and said they were “destroying Venice Beach.”
  • Jenner is attempting to take Gov. Gavin Newsom’s seat in a special recall election in California.
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Caitlyn Jenner wants to deal with the population of more than 60,000 homeless people in California by having them moved to “big open fields.”

Speaking to California television network KRON 4 this week on its program, “Inside California Politics,” Jenner said she wanted to get the homeless off the streets by finding “some open land” for them to pitch tents in.

“Venice Beach is destroyed,” Jenner said, telling host Frank Buckley about her recent visit to the area. “They’re destroying Venice Beach. They are destroying all the businesses out there.”

“We have to clean that up. We have to provide some place for those people to go, whether it’s an open field out in some place, or if you notice at the veteran’s facility, there’s these big open fields and a lot of places there,” Jenner added.

She reiterated her belief that homeless people were responsible for the crime rate going up.

“We can’t have that on our streets,” Jenner said.

In the interview, Jenner went on to say she would advocate for tougher immigration regulations within the state by building a wall.

“As governor, I would finish the wall on state land, where you can finish the wall. I think we need controlled immigration in this state. We need to know the people that are coming into this state,” she said.

Jenner is currently running for governor in California and aiming to unseat Gov. Gavin Newsom in a special recall election that will take place on September 14.

Jenner announced her candidacy in April and has since made several statements that have been criticized as out of touch. In a May interview with Fox personality Sean Hannity, she said she did not think California needed a high-speed rail, repeatedly referencing her private jet.

“Here’s my crazy thinking,” Jenner said in the interview. “We are now spending billions of dollars on this high-speed rail, OK, and they talk about it all the time, between LA and San Francisco. And I’m going, ‘Why are we doing that?’ I can get on a plane at LAX, and I’ll be in San Francisco in 50 minutes. Why do we need high-speed rail?”

She was referring to an in-progress public transportation project that stands to connect people from Anaheim and Los Angeles to San Francisco via a three-hour train ride.

In the same interview, Jenner also mentioned that a friend whose airplane hangar was near hers was leaving California because he “can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.”

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