Watch: Caitlyn Jenner Releases First Campaign Video (Initially with a Typo of Her Name)

Tuesday May 4, 2021

Caitlyn Jenner in her recently released campaign video
Caitlyn Jenner in her recently released campaign video  (Source:YouTube)

She calls herself a "compassionate disrupter" who wants to "reopen the Golden Gate." Such is how Caitlyn Jenner is describing her campaign to replace Democratic governor Gavin Newsom in an expected recall campaign. In the video she attacks Newsom "for failures in a time of crisis, for his lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic and 'insider-friendly' policies," USA Today reported.

But putting out her first campaign video didn't go as planned when the video initially "referred to her as 'Cailyn' before getting the spelling right later."

"The American Dream grew up here, yet career politicians and their policies have destroyed that dream," Jenner says in the three-minute ad that made its debut on ABC's 'Good Morning America,'" wrote ABC News.

"I came here with a dream 48 years ago, to be the greatest athlete in the world," she says over clips of her as athlete in the 1970s interspliced with present-day footage. "Now I enter a different kind of race, arguably my most important one yet: to save California.

"California is facing big hurdles. Now we need leaders, who are unafraid to lead to new heights, who are unafraid to challenge, and to change, the status quo." The spot features images of her 1976 Olympic achievements.

Brad Parscale, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, posted the video. According to Axios, he has been advising the campaign but does not have an official title, Deadline reported.

"Jenner, who gained international fame as a world record-breaking Olympic gold medalist in 1976 and came out publicly as a transgender woman in 2015 first to ABC's Diane Sawyer, filed paperwork last month in her bid to replace Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom -- putting a Hollywood-sized spotlight on an increasingly likely recall election in the Golden State," added ABC News.

Her video juxtaposed nostalgic images of old California with videos of homelessness, fires and closed businesses. She never mentioned Newsom or the pandemic by name, but called out Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi as "elitists" over images of the governor dining indoors without a mask and Pelosi visiting a hair salon while the state was on stay-at-home directives.

"California is facing big hurdles. Now, we need leaders who are unafraid to leap to new heights, who are unafraid to challenge and to change the status quo," Jenner says as the camera pans over magazine covers of her from August 1976 and July 2016, reported ABC News.

"The 71-year-old Jenner, whose political stances have evolved through the years, identifies as 'economically conservative, socially progressive.' After supporting Trump in the 2016 presidential election, she revoked her support in 2018, citing the administration's attacks on the transgender community."

Jenner, Deadline reported, has the advantage of name recognition over a number of announced candidates who include former congressman Doug Ose and former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. She will also be making a major campaign appearance on Wednesday when she appears on Sean Hannity's Fox News show. "The recall is likely to make the ballot this fall, and Newsom will draw heavily on donor support from Hollywood and Silicon Valley, as well as from organized labor, to ensure that he doesn't suffer the same fate that Gray Davis did in 2003." wrote Deadline.

Jenner's campaign has already come under attack from the LGBTQ community when she expressed opposition to "transgender girls competing in girls' sports at school," EDGE reported last week. "That's why I oppose biological boys who are trans competing in girls' sports in school. It just isn't fair. And we have to protect girls' sports in our schools," Jenner said in a brief interview.