Republican candidate for California Governor Caitlyn Jenner has bemoaned the state’s homeless problem and claimed the issue is now so bad that people are sleeping rough in the famous Beverly Hills area.
Olympian Jenner lamented the homeless crisis in California during her appearance with host Elex Michaelson on Fox 11’s ‘ The Issue Is ‘ on Friday and said seeing tents in one of America’s wealthiest districts was a problem.
Responding to Michaelson’s question about whether she would make it illegal for homeless people to sleep in tents on the streets, Jenner said: “We have to do something about that, yes.”
She added: “When you drive in Beverly Hills when you look at the park and there’s tents in the park, we have to look at that issue very seriously.”
Jenner, 71, later continued: “But to be honest with you on a big picture, living in a tent in a park in Beverly Hills, it’s just different today. Before the homeless were all downtown. I’m sure you’ve been downtown. I mean, you walk down there and it’s just like so tough, so difficult on these people.”
The reality star said if she were elected as governor that cutting regulations and working with charitable groups in order to fund affordable housing would be a major priority.
She added: “The only way you’re going to get it done is to have a Governor who is going to make that a priority. To be able to work with the cities to be able to get it done and the big thing is building.”
Jenner previously courted controversy when she spoke about California’s homeless crisis during an appearance on Fox News ‘ ‘ Hannity ‘ show, last month.
She said: “My friends are leaving California. At my hangar, the guy right across, he was packing up his hangar. And he says, ‘I’m moving to Sedona, Arizona. I can’t take it anymore. I can’t walk down the streets and see the homeless.'”
The segment was slammed online, with many accusing Jenner of being out of touch and in a privileged position.
Homelessness is a major voter issue going into the recall vote, with the number of those sleeping rough on the streets in the state standing at 161,000, a 7 percent increase in the months before the pandemic hit.
According to the annual Point-In-Time Estimates of Homelessness, published by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development in March, the total increased by 10,270 from January 2019 to January 2020.
It added that California had the largest number of homeless people living in it when compared to all other states.
Current California Governor Democrat Gavin Newsom pledged last month to spend $12 billion in funding to get people on the streets into housing in a bid to “functionally end family homelessness” within five years.
Newsom is now the first Califonia Governor to face a recall election since 2003 when voters replaced Democrat Gray Davis with movie star-turned-Republican, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The recall must go through more steps, including the estimated cost by state officials before an election date can be set.
Newsweek has contacted Jenner for comment.