A trans activist who once called Caitlyn Jenner a “fucking fraud and a fake” is now running for office in California. (But honestly, she should be running for Queen of America.)
Ashlee Marie Preston, an editor in chief of Wear Your Voice magazine, announced last week that she will run in a spring special election to be an assemblyperson for District 54, a heavily Democratic region of southern California that comprises Crenshaw and Baldwin Hills.
Preston previously made headlines for criticizing Caitlyn Jenner at an August fundraiser over her support for President Trump even as he moved to block transgender Americans from joining the military. Trump has since banned any use of the word “transgender” at the CDC, and has terminated all existing members of the federal government’s HIV/AIDS advisory council. This, of course, is in addition to erasing any mention of LGBT people from federal websites and the national census.
But when Preston told Jenner, “It’s really fucked up that you continue to support somebody… that does everything with the military, that’s erasing our fucking community,” Jenner simply replied with “You don’t know me,” as if Jenner’s public support of Trump wasn’t already known to a majority of the American populace. (And even if Jenner had somehow convinced herself that her “private” discussions with the administration over trans rights were somehow negating this public support … Well, she was wrong.)
In any case, Preston replied to Jenner’s “You don’t know me” with a very, uh, pointed tone.
“Yes I do! You’re a fucking fraud and a fake,” she cried. (Cut to: March 2018, when Preston is a frontrunner for the District 54 spot, thanks to her catchy slogan, “Not a fucking fraud, not a fucking fake.”)
Anyway, Preston aims to work on a number of social reforms, including curbing police brutality, dismantling rape culture, reducing trans discrimination, reforming immigration codes, and (we’re assuming) cancelling Caitlyn Jenner.
“As someone directly impacted by the issues that often diminish the quality of life, I have an acute understanding of which policies must be put into play in order to move progress forward for the constituents of the 54th district and beyond,” wrote Preston in a press release. “I believe in prioritizing people over politics. We are more than poll percentage points; we are real people with real stories. I fully intend to continue honoring those experiences, and advocating for those who don’t have a seat at the table.”