It seems Donald Trump’s ascendancy to the White House has opened the floodgates of media stars who believe they have a serious shot at statesmanship. On the heels of Kid Rock’s announcement that he wants to run for office in Michigan, Caitlyn Jenner has publicly stated she is seriously mulling a Senate bid in California.
Jenner spoke to John Catsimatidis, who hosts a New York-based radio show, about her future roles in politics and transgender activism.
“I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” Jenner stated to Catsimatidis regarding a Senate run. “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,” she stated.
This isn’t the first time the former Olympic athlete has entertained the idea of getting into politics. She told Don Lemon back in April she would seriously look into it.
If she were to really run (and run in the upcoming election cycle), Jenner would likely face off against Sen. Dianne Feinstein. The incumbent Democrat’s term ends in 2018. However, the 84-year-old senator has not yet decided if she will run for re-election.
While both lifelong Republican stars in their own right, Kid Rock’s possible entrance into Michigan politics would be nothing like Jenner’s. Kid Rock, aka Robert Ritchie, continually praised Trump during the election. He would be running in a state that voted for the president in 2016 – possibly giving him a base of support. Rock’s boisterous, yet unapologetic, lifestyle makes him a bit of a mini-Trump himself and could appeal to Trump voters.
Jenner’s presence in conservative circles is a bit of a paradox. While Democrats have embraced extreme transgender ideology (public funding for sex transitions and belief in unlimited number of genders), most GOP members have been reluctant to do so. Jenner, despite her public adoration for the Second Amendment and the Constitution, would likely struggle to appeal to Republican constituents because of her stature as a trans woman. She voted for Trump and has mostly been supportive of him, but strays on the topic of LGBT rights. Jenner was very critical of the president’s decision to end an Obama-era rule that allowed trans students to use restrooms of their chosen gender.
Adding to all of this – California is toxic territory for GOP candidates.
This may seem like a joke, but Democratic leadership is taking this all very seriously. In an email blast to supporters, Sen. Elizabeth Warren cautioned that Trump was originally thought to be kidding about his presidential ambitions. The Massachusetts liberal implored her followers to take Kid Rock’s announcement with earnestness, and she even linked to a fundraising page for Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow – Rock’s would-be Democrat opponent.
Side note: has anyone been keeping track of the newly created campaign committee to elect Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson? “Run The Rock 2020” was registered by a political consultant in West Virginia who reportedly wants to “Make America Rock Again.”