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Caitlyn Jenner, who's hoping to become governor of California if Gavin Newsom is recalled, is calling late-night host Jimmy Kimmel transphobic for likening her to Donald Trump in a wig.
Kimmel made fun of Jenner's Thursday interview on The View during his monologue later that day on Jimmy Kimmel Live! "Caitlyn Jenner has a better chance of being the next Batman than she does governor of California," he said, adding, "Are we sure that isn't Donald Trump in a Caitlyn Jenner wig?" Kimmel asked while showing side-by-side images of Trump and Jenner. "The resemblance is uncanny."
During her appearance on The View, Jenner had compared herself to Trump. "He was a disrupter when he was president," she said. "I want to do the same thing." Jenner, a Republican, had supported Trump for president in 2016 but not for reelection in 2020 because of his anti-transgender policies.
Kimmel's "wig" comment didn't sit well with her. "He obviously believes that trans women are simply men with wigs on," she tweeted.
\u201cLast night @jimmykimmel called me Donald Trump with a wig. He obviously believes that trans women are simply men with wigs on. Where is the outrage from the left or LGBT community? Being WOKE must be optional if you are a Democrat.\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
She also called Kimmel out for past offenses, such as appearing in blackface on The Man Show in the 1990s, for which he's apologized; an early-career appearance asking women to "guess what's in my pants"; and a bit on his own show in 2013 allowing a child to joke about killing Chinese people, for which his network, ABC, has apologized. He apparently hasn't responded to Jenner's Thursday tweet.
Jenner's tweet attracted some support among Twitter users but some criticism as well. Several commenters said she was engaging in "faux outrage," given that she's supported many of Trump's policies. During her gubernatorial campaign, which has stirred little enthusiasm among voters, she has employed numerous Trump allies and endorsed anti-trans legislation that has been introduced in many states and passed in a few, keeping trans girls and women from competing in school sports under their gender identity. Trump has likewise supported such legislation.
None— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
\u201c@Caitlyn_Jenner @jimmykimmel "Where is the outrage from the communities I'm literally campaigning against \ud83e\udd14\ud83e\udd14"\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
\u201c@Caitlyn_Jenner @jimmykimmel Caitlyn i have loys of trans friends and a i am a democrat and i support all my trans friend. You i dont support and never will how can you be trans and support Donald Trump please explain that to me.\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
\u201c@Caitlyn_Jenner @jimmykimmel Lmfao that\u2019s not what he meant and you know it, and your attempt at feigned indignation is freaking hilarious. If you can\u2019t handle what Kimmel said you don\u2019t have the temperament for this job.\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
\u201c@Caitlyn_Jenner @jimmykimmel Not saying you should be misgendered BUT when you have the same absurd policies\u2026I\u2019m just saying it isn\u2019t really a reach. You have no political background. You have money that you throw around and think it will get you to the highest office in the world. It\u2019s insane.\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942
\u201c@Caitlyn_Jenner @jimmykimmel Nice try Caitlyn! The fact that your number one points of sale to the voters are: A hat with a slogan, building the wall, blaming others and deflecting answers to questions, immigration, using the same people he used for campaigning..basically..same run, different person!\u201d— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn Jenner) 1623440942