Caitlyn Jenner refused to say that Donald Trump lost the 2020 presidential election and instead praised the ex-president as a “disrupter” who she aims to emulate if she is elected as the governor of California.
Jenner, who is a longshot candidate in the Californian gubernatorial race, appeared on “The View” on Thursday when host Joy Behar asked her if she was “one of those people, one of those Republicans” who shared the unfounded view that Donald Trump actually won the election, not Joe Biden.
To which Jenner responded: “I am not going to get into that. That election is over with. I think that Donald Trump did do some good things. What I liked about Donald Trump was that he was a disrupter.”
Behar interrupted: “But did he win? Did he win the election?”
Jenner said: “He was a disrupter when he was president. I want to do the same thing. I want to go in and be a thoughtful disrupter in Sacramento. We need to change the system. I want to change that system for the positive. I’m in it for the people.”
During the segment, the 71-year-old reality star once again committed to being “tough on immigrants” and completing Donald Trump’s defunct plan to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico.
“Immigration in this state has been such a burden on taxpayers, on homes and businesses,” she said. “As governor, first, I would close the southern border, finish the border wall, do what I would call the best job that we can do in protecting our eastern front.”
It is unclear what Jenner is specifically referring to here as the “eastern front” as California’s eastern border is shared with Nevada and Arizona.
Jenner launched her campaign in April. She has no previous political experience but publicly supported Donald Trump in the 2016 election and now counts several former Trump aides, including Brad Parscale, who headed Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, as her advisers.
Last week, however, several political experts dismissed Caitlyn Jenner’s run for governor in California in a report published by Politico. Sam Nunberg, a former Trump advisor, said Jenner’s candidacy is “a joke.”
Mike Madrid, a Republican consultant, told Politico that Jenner’s bid “isn’t a real campaign” and is just meant to “promote” and “monetize” her.
“When Donald Trump ran for president, he didn’t run for president to be president. He ran for president because his TV show’s ratings were floundering, and he needed to get a lot of attention for himself to prop up the name,” one Democratic strategist told Politico. “Caitlyn Jenner is going to be doing the same thing, right?”