Caitlyn Jenner slams Gavin Newsom for 'destroying hope' in California

‘I want to restore hope in California’: Caitlyn Jenner slams Gavin Newsom for ‘destroying’ the state’s economy and taxing people ‘to death’ amid her bid to become Governor

  • Caitlyn Jenner has slammed Gavin Newsom for ‘destroying hope’ in California
  • Jenner, 71, accused Gov Newsom, 53, of taxing people ‘to death’ on Wednesday
  • Jenner revealed her bid to oust Newsom and be Governor of California in April
  • She said she hopes to ‘restore hope’ and make people ‘feel good’ about the state 

Caitlyn Jenner slammed Gavin Newsom for ‘destroying hope’ in California and taxing people ‘to death’ amid her bid to become the state’s governor.

Jenner, 71, said Gov Newsom, 53, has ‘destroyed’ the western state’s economy through taxation while speaking on Fox’s America’s Newsroom on Wednesday.

Explaining why she plans to run for Governor of California, Jenner said she wants to ‘restore hope’ and make people feel ‘good’ about the state.

Slamming the current governor’s policies, she said:  ‘I want to restore hope in California. Under Gavin Newsom, honestly he has absolutely destroyed hope […] What I want to do is bring back hope and make people feel good about what’s going on in California and change things.’

Jenner announced her bid to become Governor of California in April, ahead of the recall election, which is likely to take place in November.

Caitlyn Jenner has slammed Gavin Newsom for ‘destroying hope’ in California and taxing people ‘to death’ while speaking on Fox’s America’s Newsroom on Wednesday (pictured)

The retired Olympic decathlete has previously launched attacks on Democrat Newsom for an ‘over restrictive’ Covid lockdown and his ‘elitist’ attitude.

The former husband of Kardashian matriarch Kris, is a registered Republican. She voted for Trump in 2016 but not in 2020, in protest against his position on transgender issues.

Speaking on America’s Newsroom’s first in-studio interview since the start of the Covid-19 crisis, Jenner slammed California’s taxation levels, which are the highest in America.

Jenner, who described herself as an ‘inclusive Republican’ in terms of social issues, argued that taxation has ‘destroyed the economy’ and said California has been ‘taxed to death’.

She continued: ‘You have to look at the economy. You have to look at what Gavin Newsom has done over the years. He’s destroyed the economy, through regulations, through taxation.’

California has 13.3 per cent top personal income tax rate, 8.84 per cent top corporate tax and more than 60 per cent tax on gasoline, according to Fox News.

Jenner, 71, said Gov Newsom (pictured), 53, has ‘destroyed’ California’s economy through taxation amid her bid to become Governor of the state

Explaining why she plans to run for Governor, Jenner (above) argued that she wants to ‘restore hope’ and make people feel ‘good’ about California as she slammed Newsom’s policies

Jenner also hit out at the regulations imposed on business in California as she discussed people leaving the state in droves due to cost of living and other issues.

She explained: ‘The other thing that’s killing it is regulations. We have 21.2million words of regulations on the businesses and citizens of California. That has to stop.’ 

In 2020, California’s population fell by 182,083, which is the first time that the state’s year-over-year population has dropped, according to ABC7. 

Jenner instead called for a ‘fair’ tax system that was ‘competitive’ with other states, which she argued would see less businesses move out of the state.

But she was quick to add that she believes a ‘zero corporate tax rate’, like is in place in Florida and some other states, was ‘not realistic’ for California.

MailOnline has contacted Gavin Newsom’s representatives for comment.

Her comments come after she recruited a team of former MAGA chiefs to help her oust Gavin Newsom amid her bid to become Governor of California.

Jenner is also being assisted by Caroline Wren, who previously worked at Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for President Trump’s 2020 campaign.

Earlier this week, she was seen heading for dinner in New York with former Trump campaign guru Brad Parscale and her business partner Sophia Hutchins, 24, who is assisting in the ‘Caitlyn for California’ campaign.

The poll on whether to recall Newsom is set to take place sometime this year after the required number of signatures were collected.

Voters will be asked whether they want to recall Newsom. If a majority say yes, he’ll be ousted from office. They’ll also be asked to choose a replacement governor on the same ballot, with the candidate who gets the most votes winning.

The recall election comes amid growing calls by Republicans to oust Newsom. If a Republican wins, it will be the first time they have held the state since 2003, when Arnold Schwarzenegger won. 

Jenner also hit out at the regulations imposed on business in California as she discussed people leaving the state in droves due to cost of living and other issues

Former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor’s race, are also running.

A member of Jenner’s team previously told Axios: ‘She’s running as someone that’s socially liberal and fiscally conservative.’

Announcing her plans to run on Instagram last month, Jenner said: ‘I’m in! California has been my home for nearly 50 years. I came here because I knew that anyone, regardless of their background or station in life, could turn their dreams into reality. 

‘But for the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision. 

‘I have been a compassionate disrupter throughout my life, from representing the United States and winning a gold medal at the Olympics to helping advance the movement for equality.

‘As Californians, we face a now-or-never opportunity to fundamentally fix our state before it’s too late. 

‘Taking on entrenched Sacramento politicians and the special interests that fund them requires a fighter who isn’t afraid to do what’s right.

‘I am a proven winner and the only outsider who can put an end to Gavin Newsom’s disastrous time as governor. 

‘This will be a campaign of solutions, providing a roadmap back to prosperity to turn this state around and finally clean up the damage Newsom has done to this state.

‘Small businesses have been devastated because of the over-restrictive lockdown. 

‘An entire generation of children have lost a year of education and have been prevented from going back to school.

‘Taxes are too high, killing jobs, hurting families and putting an especially heavy burden on our most vulnerable people.

Jenner (pictured in January 2020) announced her bid to become Governor of California in April, ahead of the recall election, which is likely to take place in November

Caitlyn (second right), who transitioned at the age of 65, was previously married to Kris Jenner (left) from 1991-2015 and they share two children, Kendall (third left) and Kylie (far right)

‘This is Gavin Newsom’s California, where he orders us to stay home but goes out to dinner with his lobbyist friends,’ she said.  

She was referring to a November incident where Newsom, after shutting down the state and telling everyone not to socialize, was pictured dining indoors at luxury restaurant The French Laundry with a group of at least 10 people for a friend’s birthday.

It was previously reported that neither Kim nor her famous family would publicly endorse Caitlyn’s bid to become Governor of California.

Kim actually agrees more with Newsom’s approach to crime which favors rehabilitation and support for prisoners re-entering society, in addition to investing in crime prevention.

And in the past Kim had said she was ‘very supportive of Governor Newsom’ and his work to remove the death penalty in California. He ordered a moratorium on executions in spring of 2019.

Caitlyn, who transitioned at the age of 65, was previously married to Kris Jenner from 1991-2015 and Linda Thompson from 1981-1986.

She shares two children with Kris – Kendall and Kylie – and has sons Brody and Brandon Jenner with ex-wife Linda.

Caitlyn was also previously married to Chrystie Jenner from 1972-1981 and has a son, Burt Jenner, and daughter, Cassandra Marino.

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