Caitlyn Jenner has released her latest advertisement in her controversial run to become the next governor of California.
After her universally panned inaugural advertisement, Caitlyn made sure to put some more substance in this ad, specifically discussing her planned agenda for the office she’s running for. The spot opens with Caitlyn stating, “right now in California, we’re number one.”
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“We’re number one in regulations,” she claims. “We’re number one in taxes and we’re number one in people exiting the state. It doesn’t have to be that way.”
Jenner believes people are leaving “for one reason and one reason only — and that is overbearing government, overreaching government, overtaxing us, over-regulating us.”
Jenner argues that because she has long competed in sports and reality television, she can make California competitive by leading the state in the opposite direction: less taxes, less regulations, more people staying in the state with the already-largest population in the country.
She repeatedly claims that out of all states, she can make California “compete” with Texas and Florida for “citizens” and businesses.
“We need to compete with them,” she snickers, “I’m very good at competing — I guarantee you that.”
Like in her first ad, Jenner capitalizes on her pre-transition athletic career, highlighting clips and photos from when she competed in the 1976 Olympics. In this ad, she even flashes her gold medal, which she infamously searched for in the opening of her first ad.
“I like winning, but we need to compete with these states,” she claims. “We need to change what’s happening here. We’ve got more to offer here in California than Texas or Florida combined.”
“We just have to have a good business environment and less regulations on the people here in this state and that’s what I plan on fighting for,” she states.
“Let’s take back California,” Jenner concludes, “for the people.”
There are some issues with Jenner’s narrative, however — for example, California’s overall population actually grew an approximate 6 percent in the last decade, and more non-California natives left the state than California natives. While the population growth is lower than previous recorded changes, it is still a growth, one that is believed to be more than half of the other states.
Another example is that while she claims she wants less regulations and would do less work managing the daily lives of Californians, one of her first and only campaign positions thus far has been to voice support for banning trans girls and women from sports. That would strip trans youth of the ability to compete, as Jenner proudly boasts about, at all.
It is also overwhelmingly viewed as an overreach of government, even by portions of her own party. Jenner complained in her first ad about how “the government is now involved in every part of our lives.”
Under her own position, she would not be able to compete in events such as the ones that led her to compete in the Olympics.
Jenner, a former Trump supporter, is one of the best-known trans people in America, but she has been a lightning rod for criticism among LGBTQ people. She has made waves for her tactless comments and support for the Republican party while it relentlessly attacks the trans community. She launched her political career by entering the race to replace Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), a longtime LGBTQ community ally, in a recall election in April.
Jenner also claimed this weekend that Newsom has “slowly tried to roll back his oppressive and strict restrictions just as I started running for Governor,” suggesting that he is trying to win political points ahead of the recall. This is despite the fact that Jenner is polling at a shockingly low 6 percent against other, less recognized Republican names.
If elected, she would be the first transgender governor in United States history.
No coincidence that Gavin Newsom has slowly tried to roll back his oppressive and strict restrictions just as I started running for Governor. This is another example of him playing politics with the pandemic. California should already be fully open! #RecallGavin
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 14, 2021
NEW AD: Under Gavin Newsom, California is #1 at losing, #1 in overbearing regulations, and #1 in taxes. No wonder we can’t compete with states like Florida and Texas. But it doesn’t have to be that way. I’ll fight to keep our citizens and businesses here. pic.twitter.com/957Pq90XHz
— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) May 15, 2021