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

A composite image of Caitlyn Jenner, left, and former President Donald Trump, right.
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.

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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 Gov. Gavin Newsom to face a recall election after GOP-led effort collects enough signatures

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Gov. Gavin Newsom of California.

Gov. Gavin Newsom of California will face a recall election after a GOP-led effort to oust the governor reached its signature goal, state officials announced Monday.

Organizers met the threshold to force a special recall election after submitting more than 1.6 million verified voter signatures from California’s 58 counties, according to a preliminary report released Monday.

Some signatures still need to be verified, and the final report will be released on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

If Secretary of State Shirley Weber certifies the petition and Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis schedules the election, the LA Times reported, voters will be tasked with deciding whether to recall Newsom. If more than half of respondents say yes, voters must vote on who will replace Newsom. If the recall passes, Newsom is barred from being listed among the candidates.

Newsom will face a statewide vote by the end of the year. In a poll of 1,174 likely voters by the Public Policy Institute of California, most respondents said they opposed ousting Newsom from office – with 56% of respondents saying they didn’t support the recall and 40% saying they did.

News of the recall election comes after Caitlyn Jenner announced her gubernatorial campaign in the state last week.

The recall campaign’s success in reaching its signature goal marks the second time in the state’s history that a governor has faced a recall election. California recalled its governor was in 2003, ousting Democratic Gov. Gray Davis and replacing him with Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

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Caitlyn Jenner is officially running for governor in California

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Caitlyn Jenner speaks at the 4th annual Women’s March LA: Women Rising at Pershing Square on January 18, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

  • Caitlyn Jenner announced her campaign for governor of California on Friday, Axios first reported.
  • Jenner will run in the recall against current Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
  • The former Olympian athlete and reality TV star is a longtime Republican.
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Caitlyn Jenner has filed paperwork to run for governor in California and officially announced her bid on Friday, Axios first reported.

The former Olympian and reality TV star is a longtime Republican and is vying to unseat Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom, who was elected in 2018 and is facing a recall election this year.

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Jenner’s campaign website and WinRed donation page went live on Friday morning. She also announced her campaign on her Twitter account, which boasts 3.5 million followers.

“California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality,” the homepage of Jenner’s campaign website says.

“But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.”

Jenner was previously reported to be considering a bid for governor and to have consulted with former Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale about a possible campaign.

Axios reports that while Parscale isn’t formally involved in Jenner’s gubernatorial bid, her campaign team includes other Trump campaign and administration alumni including Tony Fabrizio, the Trump campaign’s former pollster, and former White House communications aide Stephen Cheung.

A Jenner campaign advisor told Axios they believe Jenner could pose a real threat to Newsom based on her high name recognition from years of appearing on the popular reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians and her socially liberal views. Jenner, who came out as transgender six years ago in 2015, would be the first trans governor elected in the United States.

She describes herself as a “compassionate disrupter” in her statement announcing her campaign, arguing she is a “proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”

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