A group of Democrats led by far-left Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren accused millions of Californians of being “extremists” for having the nerve to attempt to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom, who has tumbled in popularity in the state as his heavy-handed response to the coronavirus pandemic wear on the population.
A crowd of national Democratic leaders on Monday put their muscle behind California Gov. Gavin Newsom to fight the recall, dubbing it an extremist “Republican power grab” and launching their first opposition ad.
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Alex Padilla, as well as Rep. Katie Porter (D-Calif.) and Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, all simultaneously announced their opposition to the recall efforts. The Democrats launched the official Stop the Republican Recall campaign, the clearest sign yet that the political establishment believes the recall election will qualify this year.
The effort debuted a new ad which accused the recall movement of being pushed by supporters of President Donald Trump, including anti-vaccine activists and “extremist violence white supremacists like the Proud Boys who attacked our nation’s Capitol on January 6.”
“Gavin Newsom has shown the nation what courageous leadership looks like during the pandemic,” Sen. Cory Booker says on the new website. “He’s made tough calls that kept Californians safe and helped them recover financially. Defeating this cynical, Republican recall effort will be one of the most important priorities for Democrats this year.”
The effort to save Newsom comes as a new poll showed that a strong majority of Californians say it’s time for a new governor, a statement 58% of respondents agreed with.
The organizers of the recall effort now have over 2 million signatures in favor of a recall, far greater than the 1.5 million needed to hold the election.
Newsom’s response to the pandemic has caused controversy in much of the state, especially after the governor was spotted flouting his own rules by dining maskless at an upscale restaurant with members of multiple households last year.
“I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice. And I’ve done my best to do that,” Newsom said of the controversy at the time. “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”
Despite the governor’s apologetic tone, the apparent hypocritical action helped sparked the recall effort that is one step closer to becoming reality.
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