White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki responded to a question about Caitlyn Jenner’s potential run for governor with a cutting quip, asking the reporter “Are you working for her?”
“According to a report yesterday in Axios, we may soon have a prominent transgender gubernatorial candidate,” Nelson said. “It would be a Republican, Caitlyn Jenner, in California. And I’m not asking…”
Psaki interrupted to ask “Are you announcing her run?”
“No, no. I’m just announcing an Axios report,” Nelson replied.
“Are you working for her?” a smiling Psaki cracked.
“I’m not,” Nelson said, then continued “But — and I’m not asking you to endorse anyone, but I was wondering if the White House welcomes this apparent LGBT milestone?”
“We certainly would welcome the freedom of any — any human participating in the democratic process to run for office, of course, and including, of course, transgender members of our society,” Psaki responded.
In fact, Christine Hallquist, a Democrat, was the first transgender woman to win a major party nomination for governor. She won Vermont’s Democratic primary but lost to incumbent Republican Phil Scott in 2018.
Watch the clip above via The White House.
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