Cailtyn Jenner did not vote for Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection and chose to skip voting altogether and play golf instead.
“I didn’t even vote,” Jenner told CNN’s Dana Bash in a pre-recorded interview from her home in Malibu that aired Monday night. Here in California, why would you vote for a Republican president? It’s just not going to work. I mean, it’s overwhelming. ‘
“It was a voting day and I thought the one thing I worry about here in California that affects people is the proposals that were out there,” she said. And I didn’t see any suggestion that I really had one side or the other. And so it was Election Day and I just couldn’t get excited about it. And I just went to play golf and I said, “I won’t.” ‘
Jenner, a transgender woman, voted for Trump in 2016 but said she stopped supporting Trump mid-term because of his stances on trans issues. In March 2018, Trump signed an executive order prohibiting those who have undergone gender reassignment screening from serving in the military.
The 71-year-old gold medal-winning Olympic and reality TV star announced last month that she is running for governor in California in Governor Gavin Newsom’s near-secured recall election.
Caitlyn Jenner told CNN she did not vote in the 2020 election and instead went golfing on election day
“I didn’t even vote,” Jenner told CNN’s Dana Bash (right) in a pre-recorded interview from her home in Malibu that aired Monday night. ‘I have not seen any proposals [on the ballot] that I really had one side or the other. And so it was Election Day and I just couldn’t get excited about it. And I just went to play golf and I said, “I won’t.” ‘
Jenner reiterated to CNN that she doesn’t label herself a “Republican,” although she’s “a little on the Republican side.”
Jenner says she disagrees with former President Trump that the 2020 election was “ stolen, ” but insisted that California – and other states – must return “ integrity ” to the electoral system.
“He’s our president. I respect that, ”Jenner said of President Joe Biden when asked if Biden was“ properly elected ”.
‘I realize there is a lot of frustration about that election. You know what? I’m frustrated with what happened then, ”she told CNN.
‘We are a democratic republic; we need integrity in our election system. ‘
During her first interview after announcing her candidacy on April 23, Jenner told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that she’s not running like a Republican, but rather a “ thoughtful disruptor. ”
“I have common sense, I see what’s going on,” she told the conservative host. ‘I’ve always been on the Republican side because I have conservative economic values. Socially, I’ve been much more progressive all my life. I get it. People need help. ‘
“But you can’t have social programs without a strong economy.”
She added: ‘I get along with anyone. I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, vegetarian. ‘
Jenner has been in the public eye for almost her entire life, including as a Decathlon Olympian and later as a reality TV star on Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Over the course of the 20-season show, Jenner divorced 23-year-old Kris’s wife and came out as a stranger in the same years as the divorce in 2015.
Jenner has never ventured into politics until now.
She defended her lack of government experience at CNN, claiming that she surrounds herself “with some really good people.”
Jenner, in particular, is Trump’s former senior digital operations advisor for his 2020 campaign Brad Parscale.
“I’ve been in the business world,” Jenner told Bash. ‘People think – you’ve been in show business, consider you a reality star. Sure I did, but entertainment is a business, and you have to run that business. ‘
She added, “But I’ve done other things too.”
“We sold a billion dollars worth of fitness equipment on television. I’ve had airline companies. I’ve just always been involved as an entrepreneur and tried to inspire my kids to do the same. And they’ve done really well in that department, ”Jenner said.
There are several prominent Republicans challenging Newsom for his seat in the state building.
The recall has not been officially declared or scheduled, but will almost certainly occur after the threshold of 1.495 million signatures has been reached and crossed.
Newsom, 53, has been governor of California since January 2019 and has faced widespread calls to be removed from office for his response to the coronavirus pandemic.