Rick Caruso lost his chance at being the mayor of LA after losing to Karen Bass.
Bass is projected to win 70% of the county vote and will serve as the first woman and second black mayor of Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times. Her lead was nearly 50,000 votes ahead of her opponent.
Caruso, who spent more than $100 million on his run and received support from people like Chris Pratt, Katy Perry and even Kris Jenner, received backlash online for his stance against abortion.
Katy Perry came under fire for supporting Caruso hours after posting a video on Twitter in support of abortion.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) November 7, 2022
People made jabs at Katy Perry and her candidacy pick on places like Twitter.
Tonight Katy Perry & her candidate for LA Mayor—Republican billionaire Rick Caruso who lied & fearmongered about crime & pledged to arrest & cage people without homes, people suffering from addiction, & in need of help—lost.
This is inexcusable: pic.twitter.com/4lCXAiOkUV
— Scott Hechinger ???? (@ScottHech) November 17, 2022
Damn Katy Perry is as good at winning Grammys as she is at picking mayors pic.twitter.com/KfamODinTt
— Keith Edwards (@keithedwards) November 16, 2022
Katy Perry putting her public image on the line for a candidate that didn’t even win…
— Georgie (@geogre_j) November 17, 2022
Even prominent social media personalities posted their thoughts online.
katy perry smiling like a firework while losing most her fanbase over supporting Rick Caruso, before he loses being mayor (2022, colorized) pic.twitter.com/WSu10FcL2F
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) November 17, 2022
SUCK IT KATY PERRY
— Akilah Hughes (@AkilahObviously) November 17, 2022
Caruso did not have the best track record on reproductive rights and made donations to anti-abortion politicians in the past as well. Yet, his representatives told ABC 7 ““Rick has always been pro-choice and has always supported Roe v Wade”.
Chris Pratt supported the billionaire in an Instagram Story earlier this month writing that Caruso was the guy for our city.” He also claimed LA was in a “gradual decline into pain and utter disarray.”
Rick Caruso, the billionaire and former Republican who spent $100 million on his mayoral campaign and still got beat by Karen Bass, was endorsed by, among others:
— Charlotte Clymer ???????? (@cmclymer) November 17, 2022
Many others like Elon Musk and Gwyneth Paltrow supported Caruso in his run. People online mentioned that many people who supported Caruso either had wealth or some sort of social status.
ur laughing? gwyneth paltrow is losing efficacy in her political sway over local politics… and ur laughing?
— Sydney Battle (@SydneyBattle) November 17, 2022
“We never stopped believing that local government can and should be a force for good,” Rick Caruso stated.
”There will be more to come from the movement we created.”