- Caitlyn Jenner, a trans woman, is running for recall in California against Gov. Gavin Newsom.
- Sarah McBride, the top trans official in the United States, told Insider that Jenner’s campaign was a “joke.”
- The Delaware lawmaker went on to say Jenner posed a “real threat” to transgender youth.
Delaware State Senator Sarah McBride, the top openly transgender elected official in the United States, told Insider that Caitlyn Jenner was running in the California recall election against Gov. Gavin Newsom was nothing more than ‘a joke”.
“I don’t see her talking to voters. I see her talking to far-right media. I see her talking to CPAC. I don’t see her talking to Californians,” McBride said.
The Delaware lawmaker told Insider that while transgender people who run for office are normally positive for political representation, Jenner’s campaign is likely to do more harm than good.
“Caitlyn Jenner isn’t helpful because I don’t think people perceive her, and that’s a fair perception, as a serious candidate and as a serious person,” McBride explained.
“I don’t think a campaign of trans vanity jokes, essentially what it is perceived to be, is helpful for trans people to be seen as fully realized, substantial, nuanced and diverse human beings,” he said. she continued.
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Jenner is running as a Republican and publicly supported former President Donald Trump in the 2016 election. She has since denounced Trump on its position on LGBTQ rights.
But some of his political positions angered LGBTQ advocates. For example, the 77-year-old former athlete has been criticized for saying transgender girls should not participate in women’s sports teams, Connor Perrett and Insider’s Bill Bostock reported.
“I think someone who endorses anti-trans policies poses a real threat to young people, trans people and people who have been targeted by these anti-trans bills that have proliferated across the country,” he said. McBride said. “So no, I don’t see his candidacy as positive.”
Insider reached out to Jenner for comment, but she did not immediately respond to the request.