With the intensity of the 2020 election finally winding down halfway into 2021, few events in the political world have generated the kind of buzz, attention, and scrutiny than Caitlyn Jenner’s new campaign for California governor. She seeks to replace current governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election poised to occur after nearly a year of effort on the behalf of the citizens of California who want him removed from office.
Jenner is perhaps the most famous transgender woman on the planet and she happens to be a lifelong Republican. While it is no secret that factions of the Republican party struggle with the topic of transgenderism, there is no shortage of bigotry and mudslinging coming from Democrats toward Jenner as well.
Many prominent figures on the left are condemning Caitlyn on the basis of her political affiliations, and refer to her as an enemy of the trans community.
Caitlyn has been on record for years as an activist and ally to transgender people, despite what Takei thinks or says. Several years ago she started the Caitlyn Jenner Foundation which advocates for housing, suicide prevention, healthcare, and more for transgender people. On multiple televised occasions, she has been seen on The Ellen DeGeneres show and more programs donating money to help trans people receive higher education. No amount of activism or charity work will satiate leftist detractors, however, who have most likely done far less for the community than Caitlyn.
The right has its fair share of hot takes in regards to Caitlyn’s campaign as well, however. While it’s a mixed bag of support and rejection, some online are stating that regardless of Caitlyn planning to implement Republican policies, they would never vote for someone who is transgender. This is a hypocritical perspective, of course, coming from the side of the aisle that constantly condemns identity politics and promotes the concept of policy over identity. Refusing to vote someone based on their identity is just as silly as voting for someone because of their identity.
Only time will tell if Caitlyn will be successful in her endeavors to lead California. Stranger things have happened! Watch my new YouTube video for my full perspective as a trans woman and California resident.