Caitlyn Jenner calls for less 'tribal' society in recall postmortem

Caitlyn Jenner calls for less 'tribal' society in recall postmortem
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Former California gubernatorial hopeful Caitlyn Jenner called for society to become less "tribal" following the failed effort to oust Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Among Jenner's "lessons from the California recall" was an acknowledgment that "Democrats and independents outnumber Republicans two to one" in the state and that society "should not be" so polarized.

"It was harder for me to come out as a Republican than as transgender," Jenner, who is biologically male but identifies as female, wrote in a Tuesday op-ed published by USA Today. "It surprised me because in that moment and the ensuing press coverage, I was known more for my political affiliation rather than promoting the cause of acceptance and equality for the LGBTQIA community. It should not have mattered whether I was Republican or not. But because our society is so tribal, we as individuals are defined by their predetermined constructs that force us into neat little boxes. It should not be that way."

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Jenner said there should be a bipartisan effort to care for the people of the working class, rather than focusing on party affiliation.

"I believe that all Californians, regardless of party affiliation, want a robust economic environment where they can keep more of their hard-earned money, put food on their table, and have some money left over at the end of the day," Jenner wrote. "It is simply too difficult to exist comfortably in California, which is part of why the homelessness crisis has exploded. ... In California, Democrats have a monopoly on social issues, and Republicans have allowed them to reinforce that falsehood. We should be the party of the working class and people who have been forgotten by those in political power."

The Republican, who received approximately 1% of the vote in the Sept. 14 attempt to recall Newsom, said the GOP needed to do some "soul searching" after the recall failed to represent a "culmination of Californians from all political backgrounds coming together to put an end to Gavin Newsom's hypocritical time as governor."

"The plan imploded in spectacular fashion," she added.

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There were a total of 46 candidates running to replace Newsom. Had the recall been successful, conservative radio host Larry Elder would have become the next California governor with 48% of the vote.

Jenner announced in July she planned to run in 2022 if the recall effort was not successful.

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