Caitlyn Jenner calls herself a ‘passionate disruptor' in first campaign video

Jenner vows to fight 'elitist' politicians in her first ad for California governor.
Published May 4, 2021 3:25 p.m. EST
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Caitlyn Jenner announced her official run to be California’s next governor in April, and now she’s released her first campaign video to let Californians know the plans she has in store.

The 71-year-old reality TV personality dropped the 3-minute video on Tuesday, which features a montage of footage from her gold-medal-winning Olympic run.

In the video, Jenner describes herself as a “passionate disrupter” and blasts California’s current leadership under Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

“I’ve always been a dreamer. California was once the envy of the world. We had what everyone else wanted. The American dream grew up here, yet their politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream,” Jenner says in the video. 

“It’s been locked away, closed, shuttered, left in the dark, burned down. The government is now involved in every part of our lives. They’ve taken our money, our jobs and our freedom,” Jenner adds in her voiceover. 

Jenner attacks Newsom as an “elitist” whose policies she believes have “destroyed” California.

"Now, we need leaders who are unafraid to lead to new heights who are unafraid to challenge and to change the status quo,” Jenner adds.

Jenner goes on to say that California “needs a disruptor,” and a “passionate disruptor” at that. She promises to “restore and renew the California dream” as she asks for support for her bid in a recall election next fall.

"I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world," Jenner says in her ad. "Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, to save California."

“I want to carry the torch for the parents who had to balance work and their child’s education, for business owners who were forced to shut down, for pastors who were not able to be with their congregation, for the family who lost their home in a fire, for an entire generation of students who lost a year of education,” Jenner continues.

“We never take kindly to glass ceilings here. Instead, we shatter them,” Jenner says.

Jenner's campaign ad comes a few days after she told TMZ that she opposes "biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school." She added that she sees it as "a question of fairness" and claimed that "it just isn't fair."

After the clip of Jenner went viral, she added some thoughts about her comments in a tweet: "I didn't expect to get asked this on my Saturday morning coffee run, but I'm clear about where I stand. It's an issue of fairness and we need to protect girls' sports in our schools," she tweeted.

Her remarks received a lot of criticism from many LGBTQIA+ activists on social media

Jenner is one of many Republicans already in the recall race. Others include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox.

According to Axios, Jenner has assembled a team that includes Tony Fabrizio, who worked on Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Ryan Erwin, founder of RedRock Strategies, and Tyler Dealton, president of Allegiance Strategies.

She has also hired Steven Cheung, a former Trump White House and campaign communications hand who worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2003 recall campaign.

Jenner’s first major interview as a candidate will be with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday, which will be conducted in Malibu.

 

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