As Newsom lifts lockdown, L.A. Times links recall effort to far-right extremists

In a transparent attempt to throw Gavin Newsom a lifeline, the liberal Los Angeles Times claims that the grassroots effort to recall the Democrat governor is allied with far-right extremists. With an eye on the big picture, recall organizers have disavowed fringe groups, however.

Guilt by association has never been part of the American tradition, but smears of this nature have become the new normal for the corporate media and the left in general, especially after the universally condemned January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.


In what must be complete coincidence, moreover, and having nothing to do with the fact that 1.2 million California voters have already signed the recall petition, Newsom reportedly is about to lift his strict, economy-crushing lockdown orders, which — among other things — may allow restaurants to resume outdoor dining and gyms and hair salons to reopen. The Newsom recall gained tremendous momentum after he was caught violating his own stay-at-home rules by partying at an upscale eatery in northern California.

As an aside, the Joe Biden inauguration is apparently all it took for the COVID pandemic to subside for some Democrat elected officials who claim to be members of the party of science. In addition to California, Michigan and Illinois, among other jurisdictions, are in various stages of unlocking the lockdown and reopening for business.

In a lengthy Times “investigation” that you can review and draw your conclusions as to whether the examples are cherry-picked, the newspaper “found that recall campaign leaders, seeking to capitalize on the darkening public mood, allied with radical and extreme elements early on to help collect signatures.”

“Those included groups promoting distrust of government, science and medicine; peddlers of QAnon doomsday conspiracies; ‘patriots’ readying for battle and one organization allied with the far-right extremist group, the Proud Boys.”

The Times had to admit, however that “Many supporters of the recall are not extremists and may not be aware of the far-right groups involved with the effort.”

Recall Newsom leader Orrin Heatlie, who heads one of two main groups orchestrating the initiative (the other being Rescue California), rhetorically asked the news outlet “Do we have to denounce everybody that is involved to move it forward? Or do we just move forward and ignore those other elements?” Added senior adviser Randy Economy, “You cannot control a movement. It’s not our job to manage what somebody says about the recall at a public event.”

Under state law, recall organizers need 1.5 million signatures by March 17 to trigger an election. Their goal is two million, given that a certain percentage of signatures will be deemed invalid, especially taking into consideration that the Newsom administration and left-wing activists will try to disqualify as many of them as possible.

Things seem to be looking good for recall supporters on that score because the California secretary of state’s office has reportedly confirmed an 84-percent validity rate for signatures.

“If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to fend off rivals in the midst of a pandemic that has cost the state millions of jobs, cored government budgets and upended life for nearly 40 million residents,” KUSI explained.

“The biggest public-health disaster in California is clearly COVID-19, but Newsom himself is not far behind,” Ed Morrissey of Hot Air asserted. “Newsom seems intent on proving that through his sudden reversal on the lockdown coming on the heels of this scrutiny, as well as the recall effort, along with his refusal to share the justifications for the lockdowns in the first place. Those aren’t coincidences at all, but the machinations of a political hack in far over his head.”

The Times separately reported that “After a winter surge, coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are beginning to decline across the state. But California is continuing to see a record-breaking number of deaths from COVID-19, a lagging indicator of the surge.”

If you followed politics back then, voters ousted Democrat Gov. Gray Davis in a 2003 California recall, but things hardly improved in the formerly Golden State. Terminator actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected in a multi-candidate contest to replace Davis. Unfortunately, upon subsequently losing four ballot initiatives that would have reformed California’s left-wing political system, GOP standard-bearer Arnold went full RINO for the remainder of his time in office.

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