In response to Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner announcing his bid to oust California’s governor Gavin Newsom, Joy Behar said on The View, “He’s got this guy Brad Parscale running his campaign.” Later, Behar added, “I think that he should — she, rather, should take a seat and let somebody with the credentials take over a major state like California.”
Behar subsequently apologized for the “pronoun mixup,” explaining, “but, whatever, it just came out so I’m sorry if anybody was upset by that.”
But the damage had been done. Joy Behar had “misgendered” Jenner, something that I seriously doubt would have happened if Jenner had been running as a liberal Democrat rather than as a Republican. As Jenner explained in 2016, he gets more flak for being a Republican than he does for being trans.
LGBTQ Activists Attack Jenner
That’s why it was not surprising that LGBTQ activists in California made clear that they would not be supporting Jenner’s gubernatorial bid. As expressed by Equality California:
Make no mistake: we can’t wait to elect a #trans governor of California.
But @Caitlyn_Jenner spent years telling the #LGBTQ+ community to trust Donald Trump. We saw how that turned out. Now she wants us to trust her?
Hard pass. @StopRepRecall.
More specifically, they tweeted, “After Trump banned transgender troops from serving in the military, attacked transgender students and even tried to allow homeless shelters to turn away trans women, @Caitlyn_Jenner STILL hired his former inner circle to run her campaign.”
But that was not enough.
Jenner’s character and motivation were now subject to judgment and criticism. As Equality California tweeted, “Californians — and #trans Californians, in particular — understand all too well the risk of electing another reality TV star who cares more about fame and money than civil rights, healthcare and the safety of our communities.”
Can you imagine the outrage from the left had Jenner been a Democrat? “How dare you call her ‘another reality TV star who cares more about fame and money than civil rights, healthcare and the safety of our communities’! How dare you be so judgmental! How dare you be so transphobic!”
But, since Jenner was a Trump supporter who is running as a Republican, the world’s best-known transperson is now the enemy.
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SOURCE: Stream.org, Michael Brown