As Caitlyn Jenner mulls over a possible run for the U.S. Senate seat in California, she stopped by for an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to take the host to task for making fun of her during her transition.
“I am not a spokesperson for the trans community. I’m only really a spokesperson for my journey and then take my platform, which I have, and see if I can make a difference in the world,” Jenner said about her role now. Reflecting on the difficulties she went through, Jenner said that “as a person of faith […] why did God do this to me?”
Attempting to interject with a joke, Kimmel said, “Yeah, why did God do this to you?”
Jenner just continued without batting an eye. “Why has gender and my identity been an issue in my life since I was that big? I don’t understand it. And am I doing a good job with it? And I just got to the point where fortunately I had raised ten wonderful children. Kris and I, we had gone our separate directions, not because of gender issues but because of other things. And there I was back in Malibu all by myself, and so I slowly went through, told all my children, because it had been just hammered all over the media.”
“In fact, guys like you,” Jenner gesturing towards Kimmel, “making some jokes…”
Kimmel immediately tried to defend himself, saying, “We didn’t know what was happening, we thought you were just vain. We didn’t know what was going on. I’m sorry about that, by the way.”
Jenner wanted to make him feel pretty bad about it. “Now he’s going to apologize. But I accept your apology.”
Both decided to start jokingly rip on Kimmel’s competitor Jimmy Fallon for saying “some really terrible things.”
Jenner in the past week has said she’s considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat in California where she would potentially go up against Sen. Dianne Feinstein. In a state that’s seen actors like Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger serve as the governor, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that if Jenner should throw her hat into the ring that she has a real chance of winning. It’s certainly possible that Jenner would run so that the first trans woman to become a U.S. Senator so happens to be a Republican.
Watch Jenner’s exchange with Kimmel below: