When Hannity asked whether she would “eliminate all of the sanctuary status that currently exists in this state,” she replied, “I would do my absolute best to do that.”
At the same time, she added: “We are a compassionate country, OK? We are a compassionate state. … Some people, we are going to send back. No question about that. … But I have met some of the greatest immigrants into our country.”
At one point, Jenner mistakenly said, “I am pro-illegal immigration,” and Hannity quickly clarified that she meant “pro-legal immigration.”
“Legal immigration, yes,” Jenner replied. “Thanks for catching me.”
Jenner, who announced her candidacy on Twitter late last month, described herself as a socially progressive, fiscally conservative Republican who would advocate lower taxes, less regulation and a “more friendly business environment.” Her inclusive framing of her candidacy is an imperative in a state where Democrats now outnumber GOP voters by more than 2 to 1.
“I can get along with anybody, Sean,” Jenner said when Hannity asked her what she meant when she described herself as a “compassionate disrupter” in a video introducing her candidacy.
“Honestly, I don’t really care if you’re a Republican, a Democrat, a libertarian, vegetarian. You know, it doesn’t make any difference to me,” she said. “I want solutions. If the Democrats are able to come up with great solutions, I am behind that 100%. Solutions to bring this state back, and to give the power of this state back to the people and not to the special interests and Gavin Newsom.”
Jenner, who is running one of the most high-profile campaigns by a transgender person in the nation, now counts some Trump loyalists among her advisers, including Brad Parscale, who ran Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, among others.
The former Olympian also described Newsom as a “hypocrite” beholden to special interests who had abandoned working people and small businesses during the pandemic with restrictive orders that he said were necessary to reduce surging case numbers and protect the state’s limited intensive care unit capacity. Jenner faulted Newsom for attending the birthday party of a lobbyist at the exclusive French Laundry restaurant last November at a time when he was asking Californians to avoid gatherings with members outside their households. Newsom has apologized profusely for that decision and described his attendance at the gathering as a mistake.
But while attempting to portray Newsom as an elitist, Jenner did not downplay her own wealth, noting the interview was taking place in her airplane hangar and offering Hannity a ride in her plane as soon as they finished filming.
“It is like there is one set of rules for Sacramento and there’s another set of rules for everybody else. I mean, you’ve seen the video of him at The French Laundry, OK?” Jenner said. “I can’t go down to my restaurant, and all the employees in that restaurant on there are not working. OK? And he is up there dining. … I’m really fighting the hypocrisy that’s going on.”
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