The controversial, Trump-supporting, transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner has now suggested (yet again) that she may run for Senate.
She told New York radio host John Catsimatidis of the question of whether the progression of her celebrity status will bring her to the halls of Congress:
‘I have considered it. I like the political side of it. The political side of it has always been very intriguing to me. Over the next six months or so, I gotta find out where I can do a better job. Can I do a better job from the outside? Kind of working the perimeter of the political scene, being open to talking to anybody? Or are you better from the inside, and we are in the process of determining that.’
Jenner went from being a star athlete to being a transgender icon after coming out in an interview with Diane Sawyer. Jenner lives in California, so she would — presumably — be running as a Republican in a staunchly Democratic state, and it remains to be seen whether or not her “star status” can overcome the fact that she voted for Donald Trump in a potential run for office on her part.
California just elected the wildly popular Kamala Harris to the Senate, but the state’s other Senator, Dianne Feinstein, will finish her present term in office in 2018, and it’s not yet clear whether or not she will run for re-election. It would take a feat of political maneuvering to unseat Feinstein should she run for another term, but should she decline to run, that could, in theory, open the door to Jenner making it to the Senate.
Jenner, as mentioned, has proven to be a controversial figure because of her Republican viewpoints. For what it’s worth, however, she has spoken out against the Trump administration’s rollback of protections for LGBT people, saying:
‘I have a message for President Trump from, well, one Republican to another. This is a disaster. And you can still fix it. You made a promise to protect the LGBTQ community. Call me.’
Jenner isn’t the only controversial celebrity to suggest in recent days that she may run for Senate. The musician Kid Rock also tweeted the other day that he is planning on running for Senate, even though he has apparently yet to officially take the next steps required to launch a political run.
Listen to Jenner’s interview with Catsimatidis below.
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