Caitlyn Jenner praises Donald Trump and says she’s in favor of building ‘the wall’ in Sean Hannity interview

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Caitlyn Jenner.

  • Caitlyn Jenner announced her run for the California governorship late last month.
  • She gave her first TV interview as a candidate to Sean Hannity on Fox News.
  • During the interview, she praised Donald Trump for “disrupting” US politics.
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Caitlyn Jenner praised Donald Trump for “disrupting” American politics and said she aims to do the same if she is elected to office in her first major TV interview as a candidate for California governor.

The 71-year-old former Olympian and reality TV star, who came out publicly as a trans woman in 2015, spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity from her private airplane hangar in Malibu, California.

Jenner has no previous political experience. But during the 2016 election, she publicly supported Donald Trump and now counts several former Trump aides including Brad Parscale, who headed Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, as her advisers.

“What I liked about Donald Trump is he was a disruptor, you know,” she said. “He came in and shook the system up, OK. A lot of people didn’t like that in Washington, D.C., but he came in and shook the system up. I think he did some things that I agree with, some things I didn’t agree with on trans issues, LGBT issues. I was more hopeful at the beginning. And – but there were some good things he did.”

“On the other hand, Biden, I don’t think I’ve agreed with anything,” she continued. “I don’t think since he’s been in there, he has done anything for the American worker, maybe other ones … It is a 180-degree turn in our country, going the other direction, and it scares me.”

Earlier this week, Jenner released her first campaign video in which she describes herself as a “compassionate disruptor.” And later during her interview with Hannity, Jenner categorized herself as “an outsider” and said she wants to surround herself “with some of the smartest people out there” to develop her political brief.

“I’m in a race for solutions. I need to find solutions to be able to turn this state around,” she said. “I absolutely love this state. I’m a fighter. Always have been.”

The pair also discussed immigration policy, and the former reality TV star said she is “all for the wall,” referencing Donald Trump’s defunct plan to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.

“I would secure the wall. We can’t have a state, we can’t have a country without a secure wall,” she said.

“You have two questions here, one is stopping people from coming in illegally into the state. And then the second question is, what do we do with the people that are here? We are a compassionate country, OK? We are a compassionate state. Some help, I mean, some people we’re going to send back, OK? No question about that. But I have met some of the greatest immigrants into our country.”

At one point during the interview, Jenner mistakenly said she was “pro-illegal immigration” before Hannity corrected her.

“You’re pro legal immigration,” he said.

“Legal immigration, yes,” Jenner replied. “Thanks for catching me. You’ve got my back Sean, I appreciate that.”

Jenner first announced her candidacy via a statement posted to Twitter late last month. If elected, she would be the first trans governor elected in the United States.

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Nearly two-thirds of Trump voters disapprove of Meghan Markle, while Biden voters overwhelmingly like her: poll

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Photographers focus on Meghan Markle during an event in London in March 2018, when she was the fiancee of Prince Harry.

  • The favorability of the Duchess of Sussex is seen through a political lens in the US.
  • Meghan Markle gets positive marks from 72 percent of voters who supported Joe Biden.
  • However, Markle is viewed favorably by only 25 percent of voters who backed Donald Trump in 2020.
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The favorability of the Duchess of Sussex is seen through a partisan lens in the US, as she fares poorly among voters who backed former President Donald Trump in 2020, according to a new poll from The Economist/YouGov.

Among Trump voters, 62 percent of respondents have an unfavorable view of Meghan Markle, with 46 percent holding a “very unfavorable” view.

Only 25 percent of Trump voters have a favorable view of Markle.

However, she is viewed favorably by a whopping 72 percent of voters who backed President Joe Biden in the 2020 election, with only 14 percent of Biden voters holding an unfavorable view.

Among the general public, Markle is viewed positively by 47 percent of respondents, with 33 percent seeing her unfavorably, and 20 percent of respondents not having an opinion.

The partisan lines are similar for Markle’s husband, Prince Harry.

While 76 percent of Biden voters have a favorable opinion of the Duke of Sussex, only 10 percent of Biden voters view him unfavorably.

Among Trump voters, 38 percent of respondents see Harry in a positive light, while 46 percent registered their disapproval.

The late Princess Diana, Harry’s mother, is seen positively by 66 percent of respondents and her enduring popularity translates across politics – 79 percent of Biden voters see her positively, with 67 percent of Trump voters expressing the same sentiment.

The Royal Family is currently in state of mourning after the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II.

The duke passed away on April 9 at the age of 99 and was the longest-serving British consort in history.

Harry flew to the United Kingdom to attend the funeral, while Markle, who is pregnant with the couple’s second child, stayed in the United States as she did not have a clearance to travel.

Markle paid tribute to the duke by providing a custom-made wreath for the funeral service and sending a handwritten note.

The relationship between Markle, Harry, and the Royal Family has been under an intense lens since the blockbuster March interview that the couple conducted with Oprah Winfrey.

The duke reportedly disapproved of the interview, but continued to support the couple.

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Tell us what Kamala Harris making history as vice president means to you – and the country

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Kamala Harris will be sworn in as vice president on Wednesday.

  • On Wednesday, Kamala Harris will make history as she’s sworn in as the nation’s first female, Black, and South Asian American vice president. 
  • For millions of Americans, Jan. 20 will mark the first time they’ll see themselves reflected at the highest level of government.
  • Insider wants our readers to reflect on this unprecedented moment in American history — which takes place against the backdrop of a recent, violent insurrection, and a persisting threat of pro-Trump extremists heading to Washington, DC once again.
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Inauguration Day will be a landmark moment in American history. Former California Senator Kamala Harris will become the first Black and South Asian American woman sworn in as vice president. With one oath, she will also become the highest-ranking woman in US political history. 

The symbolism of this moment could not be more profound. 

Harris takes office when America’s racial inequalities have been thrust to the fore by the pandemic, 2020 election, and months-long protests against police brutality. Millions of people who have never seen such representation in this country will now see themselves reflected in one of the country’s highest-ranking leaders. 

But Harris’s inauguration will take place under the watch of thousands of National Guard troops and behind a quickly-erected, city-wide fortress meant to stave off a repeat of January 6, when a racist, pro-Trump mob attacked the Capitol.

There’s no doubt Harriss’ moment will be remembered by history. But how does this moment feel for Americans right now?

We want you to tell us how you’ll experience her Inauguration – and how you think history should remember this moment – using the form below. 

Will you watch her inauguration with your daughters? Will you get together on Zoom with friends and family to experience this day together? Who in your life will you think of at that moment? What will Inauguration Day mean to you and the country’s future?

Insider will use your responses to compile a story featuring your memories of this historic and symbolic day.

 

 

 

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