Caitlyn Jenner Is Considering a Senate Run

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Days after Kid Rock announced intentions to run for the Senate in Michigan—news that I am, for my own well-being, taking with a grain of salt—Caitlyn Jenner revealed that she’s been mulling a Senate bid in California.

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Speaking with John Catsimatidis on his 970 AM radio show, she said that she’s “considered” running for office.

“I gotta find out where I can do a better job,” she said. “Can I do a better job from the outside, kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talk to anybody? Or are you better off from the inside? And we are in the process of determining that.”

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Jenner, a former Olympic gold medalist, reality TV star, and transgender activist, said she would want to focus on equality and transgender rights. “The perception of the Republican Party is that they are all about rich white guys trying to make money,” she said.

During the campaign, Jenner said with a straight face that “Trump seems to be very much for women” and that he “backed the LGBT community.” She has since been very disappointed that the administration pretty much immediately rolled back protection for trans students, and sees herself an agent of change for the party.

She hopes that the next generation of Americans “can change the perception of the Republican ​P​arty and make it the party of equality​.” Not an easy task, to say the least.

Prachi Gupta is a senior reporter at Jezebel.

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DISCUSSION

Who does she think is going to vote her? I’m genuinely curious. I don’t really see how a Republican could to expect to win a statewide election in California, especially if the Republican base is already prejudiced against her for being a trans woman. She can’t be counting on Democratic support, because even people who would be glad to see a trans person in the Senate are going to find her support for a viciously anti-LGBTQ administration and party to be repugnant.

Now, if she wants to work on fighting transphobia in the GOP, that sounds like a great idea. The idea of a Senate run, though, seems like a publicity stunt, or a quarter-bake idea.