Category: Caitlyn Jenner

July 17th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Transgender activist and former Olympic gold medalist Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, told a radio host she is considering running for the U.S. Senate.

In an interview that aired on Sunday on WNYM-AM with John Catsimatidis, Jenner said she would “look for a senatorial run” and that she “like[s] the political side.”

“There’s a rumor you want to run for the United States Senate in California,” Catsimatidis said.

“How did it get back to you? … I have considered it. I like the political side of it,” Jenner said. “If there’s one thing, I work very closely with a group called the American Unity Fund, that their sole purpose, their mission statement is to get the Republican Party to do a better job when it comes to LGBT issues. That’s kind of my issue.”

“The political side of it has also always been very intriguing to me,” Jenner added. “Over the next six months or so, I got to 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. But yeah, I would look for a senatorial run.”

Jenner’s “six month” timeline suggests if she does choose to run, it would likely be in 2018. Incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D), who has held the seat since 1992, is very popular in California, but it’s not clear whether Feinstein, who is 84 years old and the oldest member of the Senate, will run for reelection in 2018.

In January, Feinstein told a reporter she had not decided whether she would run in 2018, but she hinted she would like to if her health holds up, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

“What I’ve said is, as long as I feel I can get things done, and I can, then I think I benefit the people of my state as opposed to someone new coming in. That, I realize is in anyone’s mind is different, but you asked me what I think. If I can produce, and I can produce, and I can continue to produce, then I will continue to produce. If I believe I can’t, either by health or any other way, I won’t, but as long as I believe I can, I will,” Feinstein said. “Is that pretty clear?”

If Jenner does choose to run for the Senate and Feinstein also goes for reelection, it’s likely Jenner would run as a Republican. She has roots in the Republican Party, identifies as fiscally conservative, and it’s hard to believe anyone, even someone as high-profile as Jenner, could beat the entrenched Feinstein in a Democratic Party primary race.

In Jenner’s interview with Catsimatidis, she was very critical of the Democratic Party on the controversial issue of whether Democrats should align with Islamic groups that, according to Catsimatidis, promote Sharia law.

“Being a part of the [LGBT] community, and the Democrats mostly being the pro-Muslim, pro-Sharia law — how do the Democrats justify liking the LGBT community when they’re also pushing Sharia law?” Catsimatidis asked.

“I totally agree with you,” Jenner replied. “We’re talking about equality for everybody. Actually, this afternoon, I’m going to meet with [U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations] Nikki Haley, and we’re going to discuss the international ramifications of being in the LGBT community … Yes, around the world, it’s very hard to support Saudi Arabia — ”

“When they’d rather cut your head off,” Catsimatidis interjected.

“Yes, they’re not very friendly to our community,” Jenner replied. “And so, yeah, I think the Democrats in a lot of ways — although in the United States, the perception of the Democrats is they’re pro-equality, pro-LGBT and this and that. And the perception of the Republican Party is that they are all about rich white guys trying to make money. I would hope in the next generation — because it’ll take a generation for this to change — that we can change the perception of the Republican Party and make it the party of equality. If you can do that — if you can be socially aware of what’s going on but conservatively economically [sic], I mean, that’s the way to go.”

Jenner also said she believes in “limited government” and conservative economic policies.

“Give the people of this country the freedom to go out into the workforce without tons and tons and tons and tons of regulations, and all the things that go on,” Jenner said. “I believe in the people, not in massive government.”

Posted in Bruce Jenner, Caitlyn Jenner, California, Dianne Feinstein, LGBT, Politics

June 19th, 2017 by Staff Writer

Caitlyn Jenner was heavily criticized by liberals over the weekend after a video surfaced showing Jenner joking about them at a Republican conference in Washington D.C.

Jenner made the joke Friday evening at the annual College Republican National Committee’s conference during a discussion about last week’s shooting that targeted congressional Republicans practicing for the annual congressional baseball game.

“Nobody deserves what happened out there,” Jenner said, according to the Washington Examiner. “There’s no justification.”

“There are crazy people. We have to minimize that type of stuff,” Jenner added. “As far as the people that were injured, it’s an absolute shame. You just want them to recover.”

“Fortunately the guy was a really bad shot…liberals can’t even shoot straight,” the former Olympic champion quipped.

Jenner was referring to 66-year-old James Hodgkinson, the now-deceased man who ambushed a group of Republican congressmen last Wednesday morning while they practiced at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. It was discovered through Hodgkinson’s social media channels that he was a devout progressive liberal who had a deep hatred for Republicans and President Donald Trump.

Though the motive of the attack will never truly be known, most believe Hodgkinson’s hatred of Republicans motivated him to carry out the attack.

Hodgkinson was able to critical injure House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.), a GOP congressional aide and two Capitol Police officers before he was shot and subdued by the Capitol Police officers, who were part of Scalise’s security detail.

More from the Washington Examiner:

Jenner’s remarks at the convention came in the form of a question and answer session where a moderator incorporated questions submitted by college students in the audience. Over the course of the dinner, Jenner spoke on a variety of topics, from Kanye West to the Paris climate agreement, which the track and field legend said was “just a way for the rest of the world to kind of ruin us economically.”

Video of Jenner’s remarks were originally uploaded to Facebook, but the video has since been deleted. Another video of Jenner’s remarks were later uploaded to YouTube.

Needless to say, liberals were angered by Jenner’s remarks:

Is Caitlyn Jenner privileged, tone deaf, and out of touch? 100%

But why is her gender the first attack people take? Even liberals?

— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) June 18, 2017

This comment is not ok, @Caitlyn_Jenner. Key trait American shooters share isnt political party, but history of domestic violence. https://t.co/HqD6YtW24h

— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 17, 2017

And, that, my friends, is how Caitlyn Jenner became the least likeable trans person on Earth. https://t.co/BGgCTo85LK

— Harvey King of Shade (@bodysculptorokc) June 17, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner killed a person because she couldn’t drive straight. https://t.co/YXMlydLHzB

— Denizcan James (@MrFilmkritik) June 17, 2017

It’s sad watching @Caitlyn_Jenner defend a group that will NEVER EVER truly accept her while condemning those who fight for her rights

— Cyn Rosales (@Cynrosles83) June 18, 2017

Caitlyn Jenner is high key the worst…an angry white feminist who doesn’t care about Trump’s policies until they affect her

— Adrianne Ramsey (@adrianne_ramsey) June 12, 2017

remember that year or two when everyone had to pretend kanye west and caitlyn jenner were woke baes and not coke-addled simpletons

— Alex Nichols (@Lowenaffchen) June 17, 2017

Posted in Caitlyn Jenner, Liberals, Republicans, Shooting, US

July 21st, 2016 by Staff Writer

CLEVELAND — Following television personality Montel Williams’ address to a conservative LGBT brunch, Colorado Attorney Gen. Cynthia Coffman said she felt like she was at church.

Coffman’s speculation wasn’t far off. As Williams addressed the brunch held to promote inclusion of the LGBT community among the Republican Party less than a mile from the GOP convention, he admonished Christians to repel discrimination against anyone — especially discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation.

Television host Montel Williams addresses those gathered for a brunch in Cleveland to promote LGBT inclusivity in the GOP. (Image provided to TheBlaze)

Television host Montel Williams addresses those gathered for a brunch in Cleveland to promote LGBT inclusivity in the GOP. (Image provided to TheBlaze)

“Too often we hear religious liberty used as a justification for legislative ideas that marginalize the LGBT community,” Williams, an ardent opponent of the so-called bathroom bills, said.

Williams recited Galatians 3:26-28 which declares:

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

“The fact is, even if you accept the argument that marriage is between a man and a woman, there is absolutely no basis for discrimination whatsoever in the Christian faith,” he said.

Raised in the Catholic church, multiple incidents with priests — including one who used the n-word while standing behind the pulpit — Williams decided to research religion on his own.

“Now I consider myself an independent religious person,” Williams told TheBlaze in an interview following the forum.

“I believe in the basic tenants, and one of the basic tenants is we are judged when we leave here by what we do for the least of us,” he continued. “Every religion on the planet — whether it be Hindu or Muslim — they all have a tenant where you are supposed to be a Good Samaritan, and that’s how you’re judged.”

Williams added that while some may not be willing to bring this message to religious people, he “cannot hold back.”

“We are all equal in the eyes of the Lord. He doesn’t see man or woman. That means he doesn’t see trans,” Williams said. “So how dare anybody who thinks or claims or stands up to say ‘I believe in Jesus Christ’ — you’re lying if you say trans people do not deserve the same rights as you.”

Reality star and transgender activist Caitlyn Jenner headlined Wednesday morning’s brunch at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She, too, referenced her faith and said that while she was grappling with her gender-identity as early as the 1980s, it was her faith that helped her get through that time.

She also quipped that while God had blessed her with many talents, including an Olympic gold-medal-producing athletic ability, he must have chuckled when he decided to “give this one the soul of a female and see what he does.”

“We are part of society. We are a real thing. We are part of humanity,” she said. “God created very colorful human beings all around the world.”

The brunch, hosted by the American Unity Fund, was not part of the official Republican National Convention, but Jenner did discuss her conservative political leanings; she joked that while it was “easy to come out as trans,” it hasn’t been as easy to “come out” as a Republican.

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Posted in Caitlyn Jenner, Campaign 2016, Faith, GOP Convention 2016, LGBT, Montel Williams, Politics

January 11th, 2016 by Staff Writer

Comedian Ricky Gervais took the Golden Globe stage Sunday night as host and was only moments into his monologue when he brought up actor Sean Penn, who’s been all over the news since Saturday night when it was revealed he secretly interviewed Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman while the Mexican drug lord was hiding after a prison escape.

In this image released by NBC, host Ricky Gervais appears at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

In this image released by NBC, host Ricky Gervais appears at the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016. (Paul Drinkwater/NBC via AP)

Mexican authorities captured Guzman earlier this week. And while it’s been reported that Penn is under investigation for doing an interview with a fugitive, Mexican officials also reportedly said Penn’s interview helped police get a lead on Guzman’s whereabouts.

Breaking: El Chapo met for secret interview with actor Sean Penn while on the run https://t.co/rlmOmH5oyq pic.twitter.com/LX6WUFtDNt

— Independent US (@IndyUSA) January 10, 2016

“I wanna to do this monologue and then go into hiding, OK? Not even Sean Penn will find me,” Gervais told the giggling crowd before taking a swig of his drink.

Then the host put his glass down and offered the real punch line: “Snitch.”

Penn did not attend the awards ceremony.

A little over a minute later Gervais found time to send a zinger to Caitlyn Jenner over the fatal car accident the reality-TV star — while still known as Bruce Jenner — was involved in a year ago.

“But as I say, I’m gonna be nice tonight. I’ve changed,” Gervais said. “Not as much as Bruce Jenner obviously. Now Caitlyn Jenner of course. What a year she’s had! She became a role model for trans people everywhere, showing great bravery in breaking down barriers and destroying stereotypes. She didn’t do a lot for women drivers, but you can’t have everything.”

Here’s Gervais’ monologue. (Content warning: Crude language):

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January 3rd, 2016 by Staff Writer

PHILADELPHIA (TheBlaze/AP) — Philadelphia’s incoming mayor and some organizers of the city’s annual New Year’s Day parade called for increased sensitivity on Saturday, a day after some participants mocked Caitlyn Jenner, were accused of harassing gays and painted their faces brown to portray Mexicans.

Not cool #mummers. Not cool!!! #GayPride @wheaties @Caitlyn_Jenner pic.twitter.com/eVUHMg73QD

— Philly Sports Live (@PhillySportLive) January 2, 2016

The 116-year-old Mummers Parade — often characterized as the city’s version of Mardi Gras — has faced annual criticism for its lack of diversity and racial insensitivity.

Critics found the activities of some amateur performance groups, called brigades, offensive again this year. One member dressed like Jenner, who won a 1976 Olympic gold medal in decathlon as Bruce Jenner before recently transitioning to a transgender woman. And a gay man who was out walking a dog accused the same group of assaulting him but did not file charges.

That brigade, Finnegan NYB, displayed signs of a Wheaties box picturing Bruce Jenner alongside a box of Froot Loops picturing Caitlyn Jenner.

A man with that group was seen shouting ”F*** the gays!” in a video shot by New York Daily News editor Nick Kurczewski, Philly.com reported Saturday.

Content warning: The following clip contains a slur and profanity:

@FinneganNYB @visitphilly @NBCPhiladelphia @phillydotcom #MummersParade hate on display. WARNING EXPLICIT LANGUAGE pic.twitter.com/voWDbrcHyO

— Nick Kurczewski (@NKcars) January 1, 2016

Philadelphia police and Mayor Michael Nutter’s office didn’t immediately respond to phone calls and emails Saturday, but Mayor-elect Jim Kenney weighed in.

“It was bad. Hurtful to many Philadelphians. Our Trans Citizens do not deserve this type of satire/insult. #Berespectful,” Kenney tweeted.

Michael Inemer Sr., who identified himself as a captain of the Finnegan Mummers group, refused to apologize for the Jenner display, saying it was a parody in keeping with the parade’s history that includes cross-dressing. He did apologize for the marcher who shouted against gays.

“I find myself, as do many, many members of Finnegan NYB, wholeheartedly apologizing for the abrasive, gross and disturbing action of one of our members who, unfortunately, took it upon himself to embarrass us all with his conduct and inexcusable and hurtful insults to the crowd at the end of the parade,” Inemer wrote.

The group had tweeted earlier: “One bad apple and blame the whole group. Typical of people out there. THAT individual has been dealt with in house. #LoveGays #HappyNewYear.”

But Inemer’s email went further, saying the marcher who shouted the slurs would be “dealt with without any outside influence.”

John Holtz, 28, told reporters he was walking his parents’ dog with friends when a group of Mummers approached him Friday. He said one called him a gay slur before another punched him in the eye.

Image source: WCAU-TV

Image source: WCAU-TV

“They start giving me some kind of crap because I’m a big guy and I have this little fluffy dog,” Holtz said, referring to his parents’ Shih-Tzu. When Holtz went to confront the group about the comment, he said, another man “jumped in, clocked me in the face.”

Officers asked Holtz whether he wanted to file a police report, but he declined, not wanting to spend hours at the precinct with his friends on the holiday.

Holtz believes the men who accosted him were part of the same group satirizing Jenner.

Inemer said he did not know whether Finnegan NYB members were involved in the incident with Holtz.

George Badey, the Publicity Director for the Philadelphia New Year’s Shooters and Mummers Association, said parade organizers expected to issue a statement later Saturday.

Before apologizing, the Finnegan NYB group tweeted a photo of a Mummer holding a sign saying, “Mummers Lives Matter” — an apparent reference to the Black Lives Matter group that has protested the deaths of blacks at the hands of police in various parts of the country.

pic.twitter.com/iGVUEpafHm

— Finnegan NYB (@FinneganNYB) January 2, 2016

About 50 members of the Black Lives Matter group and the Coalition for Real Justice staged a protest during the parade. Two people with the group were cited, one for disorderly conduct, the other for disrupting a procession.

The incidents during this year’s parade occurred even after organizers created the “Philadelphia Division,” which was meant to diversify the parade with two new Hispanic performance groups, a black drill team and the LGBT Miss Fancy Brigade.

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