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Caitlyn Jenner Goes After Teachers Unions

The reality TV star says taking on unions will be easier than defeating the Soviet Union in the Olympics

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Jun 04, 2021

Keeping Up with the Kardashian co-star and former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner announced last month that she would be running in California’s upcoming recall election. Jenner, who is running as a Republican, recently went on Fox News to talk about her campaign and to rail against conservatives' favorite punching bag, teachers' unions.

In the interview with America’s Newsroom, Jenner spoke about reopening the state and got into talking about whether she was up to the task of taking on the state’s teachers union who pushed Governor Gavin Newsom to take a more conservative approach to reopening schools then Jenner or Fox News would have liked. She said her background as an Olympian has given her the fighter mentality to take on Democrats and unions.

"Is it going to be easy? Absolutely, no it is not going to be easy. Was it easy in 1976 going up against the Soviet Union – the biggest athletic political machine that man has ever created? Absolutely no," Jenner said. "Is it going to be easy to go up there in Sacramento and make some serious changes? Absolutely no. It's going to be very difficult. But if I can take on the Soviet Union, I can take on the teachers union to make it better and win for your kids."

She later accused Newsom of siding with the unions over children, with no context that teachers' unions are not only trying to keep their 310,000 members safe but also are working to keep children safe especially since many of them are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine.

Jenner previously made headlines during her campaign she spoke with Fox News host Sean Hannity, from an airplane hangar and said that her rich friends were leaving the state because of a perceived homeless problem. "My friends are leaving California," she said. "Actually, my hangar — the guy right across, he was packing up his hangar and I said, 'Where are you going?' And he says, 'I'm moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can't take it anymore. I can't walk down the streets and see the homeless.'"

The remarks were seen as widely out of touch, especially since they were made in a private jet hangar, moments before she stepped onto her private plane. Jenner is reported to live in Malibu in a mansion that cost $3.5 million.

While Newsom is facing a recall election over his handling of the pandemic, he got some good news this week as SEIU 1000, the 90,000-person state workers union, approved a $1 million donation to his campaign. As UCOMM previously reported, Local 1000 recently elected a new President who had vowed to oppose Newsom’s bid to hold onto the office. However, the new President doesn’t take over until the end of June so the current leadership fast-tracked the donation before it could be blocked by the incoming administration. Newsom has largely locked up union support including getting the endorsement from the California Labor Federation.

With the recall petition certified, the election is likely to be held later this year. Voters will be asked to fill out two questions on their ballot, should the Governor be recalled and who should replace them. Newsom needs to get 50% of voters to say no to the first question. If less than 50% vote no, the candidate with the most votes on the second question becomes Governor. Newsom is not allowed to appear as a candidate on the second question meaning Jenner could get 20% of the votes in a growing field of candidates and become Governor even if Newsom had 49.9% of California voters say he should stay in office.

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