As Nick Arama reported over the weekend, Caitlyn Jenner caused quite a stir last week among so-called “progressives” when asked by a TMZ reporter about transgender women (biological men) participating in women’s sports.
Jenner, who in 1976 won the Olympic gold medal in the men’s decathlon event, told the reporter the issue was a “question of fairness” and that biological boys should not be allowed to play in girls’ sports.
“It’s a question of fairness,” Jenner stated. “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.”
Jenner’s comments on their own would have set transgender rights activists’ teeth on edge anyway considering the reality show star came out as a transgender woman in 2015 and has acted as a spokesperson of sorts for the trans community ever since. But the fact that Jenner recently announced a run to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in the recall race caused the panic meters on the left to explode.
As it turns out, Jenner is not done causing headaches for Democrats. Earlier today, the newly-declared gubernatorial candidate released a campaign video that is actually pretty danged impressive and earned a lot of praise in conservative circles. It heavily played off of Jenner’s gold medal run and hit Newsom right where it hurts: His dictatorial management of California during the coronavirus outbreak.
In the ad, Jenner called for schools and businesses to be reopened, and also took a swing at “career politicians” like Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) both of who hypocritically told the common folk to observe certain restrictions during the pandemic last year while failing to follow those same rules themselves.
WATCH: I came here with a dream 48 years ago to be the greatest athlete in the world. Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet, because California is worth fighting for! pic.twitter.com/BHglwn5ZSE
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 4, 2021
Though there’s a very involved process to making recall elections happen, it’s almost certain to take place by November of this year, according to the L.A. Times. Already some other noteworthy characters have thrown their hats into the ring as well, including ex-porn star Mary Carey and businessman John Cox.
But if the Jenner campaign continues to play their cards right, Jenner will emerge as a frontrunner contender much like Ahhhhnold Schwarzenegger did in the 2003 recall of then-Gov. Gray Davis. Republicans who may not agree with Jenner’s positions on some issues could decide that having a governor they agree with 50-75% of the time will be infinitely better than having one they don’t agree with at all.
It remains to be seen how Jenner would fare with middle-of-the-road voters, independents, and Democrats who are fed up with Newsom over AB5 and the lockdowns in the state, and some polls show that a majority of voters oppose a recall effort. But as we saw in 2003, the unexpected could definitely happen, so keep your eyes peeled on the goings-on in the recall election in the coming months because – as is the case with all things political in CA – it will definitely be intriguing to watch.
As always, stay tuned!