Caitlyn Jenner, the former reality TV star running for California governor, has declined to say Donald Trump lost the recent election, instead praising the ex-president as a “disruptor.”
Jenner, one of more than a dozen Republicans who have said they would flee or consider replacing Democrat Gavin Newsom in Sacramento, appeared on ABC’s The View Thursday.
One of the co-hosts of the daytime talk show, Joy Behar, asked Jenner to acknowledge that President Joe Biden defeated Trump last November.
“I want to ask you something before we go, because we’re out of time. Something I think is important to know,’ Behar said.
“You say you’re a Republican, and I’m just wondering because a lot of Republicans in this country believe that Donald Trump won the election and not Joe Biden.
Caitlyn Jenner (right), who is a Republican candidate for governor of California, refused to acknowledge Donald Trump’s election loss when Joy Behar (left) of The View asked for the request on Thursday.
“I think Donald Trump has done some good things,” Jenner said in the segment. “What I liked about Donald Trump is that he was a disrupter.” The former president can be seen above in Greenville, North Carolina on June 5
“Are you one of those people, one of those Republicans?”
Jenner declined to answer the question, saying she’s “not going into it” because the “elections are over.”
“I think Donald Trump has done some good things,” Jenner said in the segment.
“What I liked about Donald Trump is that he was a disrupter.”
Behar repeated her question and said, ‘But did he win? Did he win the election?’
Jenner replied, “He was a disrupter when he was president. I want to do the same.
“I want to go in and be a thoughtful disruptor in Sacramento.”
She added: ‘We have to change the system. I want to change that system in a positive way.
“I’m doing it for the people.”
Behar’s co-host, Whoopi Goldberg, interrupted the exchange to end the segment due to time constraints.
Recent surveys show that Republicans are more likely to question the legitimacy of President Joe Biden’s election victory. The President and First Lady Jill Biden (right) can be seen above in Cornwall, United Kingdom, on Thursday
Overall, 29 percent of Republicans said they believed it was highly or somewhat likely that Trump would be reinstated as president this year
Maggie Haberman of the New York Times tweeted last week that former President Donald Trump has been telling people he expects to be reinstated as president in August.
Americans are divided along partisan lines as to whether Biden legitimately won the 2020 presidential election.
Last month, a CBS News poll found that 67 percent of Republican Party voters believe Trump was the real winner.
The CBS News survey was conducted by YouGov between May 12 and 14.
It spoke to 951 “self-identified Republicans (including Republicans and Republicans).”
Earlier this week, a survey was published by Morning consultation / Politico found that nearly a third of registered GOP voters believe Trump will be reappointed as president next summer.
A national tracking poll, conducted June 4-7, found that 29 percent of self-proclaimed Republicans considered it highly or somewhat likely that Trump will be reappointed as US president this year.
“That’s actually something that seems to resonate fairly deeply with Republican voters,” Morning Consult editor-in-chief Cameron Easley said on SiriusXM’s “Julie Mason Mornings” on Wednesday, adding that he thought it was a “dazzling number.”
Last week, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted that Trump “has told a number of people he has contact with that he expects to be rehired in August.”
“No, it doesn’t work that way, just share the information,” the journalist added aside.
The Washington Post confirmed Haberman’s reporting, noting that Trump has become fixated on election audits and has shared with allies that they could lead to him returning to the White House later this year.
“Some advisers said such comments appear to be just superficial musings,” The Post also wrote.
It doesn’t matter how serious the sentiment that belief has caused in different groups, the poll found.
Of Republicans, 17 percent said they considered it very likely and 12 percent said it was somewhat likely that Trump would be reinstated.
Of all voters, 10 percent said it was highly likely and 9 percent said it was somewhat likely that Trump would be reinstated in the White House.
Jenner is one of more than a dozen Republicans who have announced or are considering their candidacy as efforts to recall California Governor Gavin Newsom (see above on June 3 in San Francisco) mount.
State Councilor Kevin Kiley (left) and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer (right) are other leading Republicans considering overthrowing Newsom.
In addition to Republicans, 22 percent of those who said they were employed by the government told Morning Consult and Politico’s pollsters that there was a very high probability that Trump would be reinstated.
Earlier this spring, Jenner announced her candidacy for governor as Republicans lead the way in a bid to recall Newsom.
Jenner, 71, won the men’s Olympic decathlon in 1976 and became a reality TV star and transgender woman decades later. Before her transition, she was known as Bruce Jenner.
Her candidacy, her embrace of Republican politics and her support for Trump have sparked anger among the LGBTQ community.
With the Olympics more than four decades behind her, today she is probably best known for reality TV shows, including Keeping Up with the Kardashians and its spin-off I Am Cait.
Jenner has made headlines in recent years for her ties to Trump, who lost to Biden in the state by more than 5 million votes.
Jenner backed Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school toilets.
She also broke up with Trump after he said transgender people should not be allowed to serve in the US military.
So far, no date has been set for a recall election.
Councilor Kevin Kiley; businessman John Cox, who defeated Newsom in 2018; and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer are the other high-profile Republicans considering overthrowing Newsom.
Recent polls suggest Newsom would reverse the recall; a Republican hasn’t won a statewide race in heavily Democratic California since 2006.
But those same surveys reveal signs of a restless public: Independent voters, for example, tend to view his job performance with skepticism, and most say the state is headed in the wrong direction.