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Caitlyn Jenner affirms support for Trump as she leaves campaign trail to film a reality show

Caitlyn Jenner, looking gubernatorial for her first campaign ad
Caitlyn Jenner, looking gubernatorial for her first campaign adPhoto: Screenshot/YouTube

California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner arrived in Australia this past weekend to participate in a season of Celebrity Big Brother, less than two months before election day in California on September 14.

And just before leaving, she said “obviously I would support” Donald Trump if he runs for president in 2024.

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Jenner’s run in the recall election to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has been marred by constant gaffes from the politically inexperienced Olympian-turned-reality TV star: she doesn’t seem to have an inkling about how out-of-touch her wealth has made her, she lied about not voting in the 2020 election when she actually did vote, and she has insulted anyone who might ever support her campaign, from rightwing podcasters to transgender voters.

And now she appears to be showing how un-serious she is about the election, arriving in Sydney this past Saturday for two weeks of quarantine followed by the recording of a reality show, which is set to air on Australia’s Channel 7.

On Twitter, Jenner tweeted that her campaign will continue even though she’ll be on the other side of the world: “I am honoring a work commitment that I had made prior to even deciding to run for governor. There is no pause at all on this race to save CA!”

“My campaign team is in full operation as am I. I am in this race to win for California, because it is worth fighting for.”

Throughout the campaign, Jenner has struggled to reconcile her past support for Trump, her criticisms of Trump for his attacks on transgender rights, and her campaign to be governor of California, a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Joe Biden.

Jenner appeared on Justice with Judge Jeanine on Fox News on Sunday, and host Jeanine Pirro asked her if she will support Trump if he runs for president in 2024.

“If I was governor of the state of California, obviously, I would support him,” Jenner said.

“What if you weren’t governor, would you still support him?” Pirro asked.

“Yes, I still would support him,” Jenner responded. “I do not like what’s happening in this country right now.”

This past weekend, Delaware Sen. Sarah McBride (D) – the highest-ranking out transgender elected official in the U.S. – called Jenner’s campaign a “joke.”

If Jenner is elected, she would be the first transgender governor in the U.S., and her campaign is at times forcing the media – including conservative media – to devote attention to transgender equality.

But McBride isn’t excited about that representation.

“I don’t think a trans vanity joke campaign, essentially what this is perceived as, is helpful to trans people being seen as fully realized, substantive, nuanced, diverse human beings,” she told Business Insider.

“I don’t see her talking to voters,” she continued. “I see her talking to far right-wing media. I see her talking to CPAC. I don’t see her talking to Californians.”

“Caitlyn Jenner running for office is not helpful because I don’t think people perceive her, and this is an accurate perception, as a serious candidate and as a serious person.”

One of Jenner’s main campaign issues is her opposition to lockdown measures Gov. Newsom put in place in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, especially when it comes to churches and schools. But 99% of school districts in California are expected to re-open for in-person classes this fall, taking away one of the few arguments her campaign gave for its existence.

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