Caitlyn Jenner was mocked and misgendered by right-wing commentators and Trump loyalists on social media after the former Olympian and reality-TV star announced she was running for governor in California.
The longtime Republican took to Twitter on Friday to announce her plans to unseat the Democratic incumbent Gavin Newsom in a special recall election later this year.
Shortly after Jenner’s announcement, some Trump loyalists started voicing their opposition.
Leo Terrell, a civil rights attorney and Fox News contributor who endorsed Trump in the 2020 presidential campaign, tweeted: “I will not support Caitlyn Jenner for Governor. She is not a Trump’s Republican. A Trump’s Republican CAN win in California.”
I will not support Caitlyn Jenner for Governor. She is not a Trump's Republican. A Trump's Republican CAN win in California.
— TheLeoTerrell (@TheLeoTerrell) April 23, 2021
Jenna Ellis, one of Trump’s former lawyers and part of the legal team that unsuccessfully tried to challenge the 2020 election, shared a screenshot of a Twitter poll she carried out earlier this month, asking who would be more suited to be California governor.
According to the unofficial poll of nearly 16,000 respondents, 92 percent said they’d prefer “an actual lampshade” instead of Jenner or Newsom.
Caitlyn Jenner announces run.
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) April 23, 2021
Michael Knowles, a right-wing political commentator, misgendered Jenner while voicing his opposition, tweeting on Friday: “Having left the state, I no longer have a dog in this fight. But it would be absolutely hilarious if the first female governor of California were a man.”
Having left the state, I no longer have a dog in this fight. But it would be absolutely hilarious if the first female governor of California were a man. pic.twitter.com/0fAwtSLFCE
— Michael Knowles (@michaeljknowles) April 23, 2021
In the statement announcing her campaign, Jenner described herself as a “compassionate disrupter” who is a “proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor.”