HBO’s “Real Time” host and comedian Bill Maher poked fun at Caitlyn Jenner during his Friday evening show after she announced earlier in the day she will run against California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“I know that you think of her as a reality show star, but c’mon, people, change,” Maher joked. “She is trans, rested and ready. She’s got a great slogan, ‘Take the sack out of Sacramento.'”
After riffing about what he termed a “stupid” recall effort against Newsom, Maher then went after Jenner’s Republican affiliation.
“I love that about her. Wasn’t always sure about the man-woman thing, but low capital-gains taxes, born that way!” quipped Maher.
“And a lot of people, of course, are saying, ‘Isn’t it strange for a trans woman to be in a party that is passing anti-trans laws all over the country?’ And Caitlyn said, ‘Yeah, I get that. It’s just something about being in a party that doesn’t respect me that makes me feel like I’m home with the Kardashians,'” he went on.
In a statement Friday, Jenner said that she is running because the state has been under “one-party rule” — Democratic rule — for too long.
“California has been my home for nearly 50 years,” Jenner, who transitioned from a biological male known as Bruce Jenner, an Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal winner, said. “I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality.
“But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people,” Jenner added.
“Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision. As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late,” she said.
Caitlyn Jenner files to run for governor, done with one-party rule: This is not Gavin Newsom’s California https://t.co/yofiglZKfx pic.twitter.com/O3XzvkgBLx
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Despite Maher’s mocking and that of others, Jenner’s candidacy appears legitimate and serious after having assembled top GOP operatives to advise her, according to Fox News.
Included are 2016 and 2020 Trump presidential pollster Tony Fabrizio and Steven Cheung, “a Trump White House and reelection campaign aide who worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful 2003 gubernatorial recall election victory,” the network reported.
There are other prominent California Republicans in the race as well, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former Rep. Doug Ose, and businessman John Cox, who captured his party’s 2018 nomination and ran against Newsom, who beat him by almost 25 points.
“The ballot is likely to be one of the most crowded in American history,” The Hill reported. “Eighteen years ago, 135 candidates qualified to run in the recall of Gov. Gray Davis (D), including media magnate Arianna Huffington, actor Gary Coleman, a porn star, porn magnate Larry Flynt — and the eventual winner, Arnold Schwarzenegger.”
The recall effort against Newsom began last year amid enduring COVID-related lockdowns, which hurt businesses and appeared to many to have been ineffective. But the effort really took off after Newsom was caught violating his own orders against indoor dining by attending a party at a swanky restaurant near San Francisco.
“State guidelines limit gatherings, defined as ‘social situations that bring together people from different households at the same time in a single space or place,’ to no more than three households,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported in November in outing the governor.
Newsom issued an apology afterward, saying he made a “bad mistake” and that “we all fall short sometimes.”
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