California gubernatorial candidate Caitlyn Jenner appeared Wednesday on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program in an interview seemingly meant to woo Donald Trump voters but rife with missteps. 

Jenner, 71, is running as a Republican and the appearance on the right-leaning network and with Hannity, a staunch supporter of Trump, appeared to be an attempt to lure conservative voters in a blue state. The former Olympian and reality television star does not have public-sector experience and faces a tightrope act to gain broad support in a challenge against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Jenner chose to hold the interview with Hannity in Jenner's private airplane hanger in Malibu, a wealthy area outside of Los Angeles. One highlight of the interview was Jenner's curious anecdote about Californians leaving the state.

"My friends are leaving California. My hangar, the guy right across, he was packing up his hangar and I said, ‘where are you going?’” Jenner said. “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 perceived callousness of the comment earned widespread condemnation and mockery online, amplified by Jenner's apparent lack of understanding that not everyone can or should take an airplane flight on a whim.

Jenner also stumbled with comments, at one point claiming to be a supporter of “pro-illegal immigration.”

As a Republican, appealing to Trump supporters may be crucial for Jenner. The former president maintains an outsized influence within the GOP, with more than half of Republican voters identifying as Trump supporters first and Republicans second.

But Jenner seemed to fall short on the hot-button conservative issue of undocumented workers.

“We are a compassionate state … Some people we’re going to send back, O.K.? No question about that. But I have met some of the greatest immigrants [in] our country,” Jenner said.

Jenner characterized herself as an outsider, a “compassionate disruptor.” Jenner cast a wide net to gain supporters.

“I don’t care if you’re a Republican, Democrat, I’m running to be governor for all Californians,” Jenner said. “To reclaim our true identity, to bring back the gold to 'the Golden State.'"

Jenner still faces an uphill battle to siphon liberal support from Newsom. Aside from running as a Republican and employing Republican talking points against trans women atheletes, Jenner's endorsement of Trump and the GOP strikes many in the LGBTQ community as a betrayal. 

Detractors are also quick to bring up Jenner's massive wealth, apparent disconnect with ordinary Americans and accusations that Jenner bears responsibility for a 2015 fatal accident. 

Winning the recall election will be difficult without the support of Democratic voters. California skews heavily liberal, and recent polling from the Public Policy Institute of California suggests only 40% of voters support the recall. 

Former Olympian champion Caitlyn Jenner, who is currently running for governor of California, said she is opposed to letting transgender girls take part in girls' sports Former Olympian champion Caitlyn Jenner, who is currently running for governor of California, said she is opposed to letting transgender girls take part in girls' sports Photo: AFP / VALERIE MACON