With enough signatures apparently in reach to trigger a recall election for lockdown-loving California Gov. Gavin Newsom, President Joe Biden is expressing support for his fellow Democrat.
After noting at a press briefing that “we remain closely engaged with [Newsom] and his office,” but that she hadn’t chatted about the recall with Biden, White House press secretary Jen Psaki circled back, as she is fond of saying, with a more definitive statement.
“In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with @GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom.”
Psaki’s tweet could be a precursor to the Biden administration, among other things, diverting federal funds to California to give Newsom some talking points and a photo op or two.
In addition to sharing a commitment to a range of issues with @GavinNewsom from addressing the climate crisis to getting the pandemic under control, @POTUS clearly opposes any effort to recall @GavinNewsom
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) February 9, 2021
In addition to Biden, liberals like the Netflix CEO as well as those in the newsroom of the Los Angeles Times are circling the wagons around Newsom, whose approval rating is apparently tanking.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 25, 2021
The grassroots Newsom recall effort gained tremendous momentum after the governor, who imposed economy-crushing COVID-restrictions on his constituents, was caught violating his own stay-at-home rules by partying at an upscale eatery in northern California.
Recall organizers reportedly have already compiled at least 1.4 million signatures out of the 1.5 million valid ones needed by March 17, 2021, to get the attempt to unseat the far-left governor on the ballot pursuant to state law.
Organizers aim for plenty of extra signatures in that some will be deemed invalid. California counties have an April 29, 2021, deadline to verify the signatures. Many voters have already left California permanently, however, owing to the lockdown, plus high taxes, excessive housing costs, onerous bureaucratic regulations, crime, and the overall decay in the qualify of life.
If the recall goes forward, voters will be asked two questions. “Do they want to recall Newsom, yes or no? And, if more than 50% of voters say ‘yes,’ who should replace him?” If enough voters answer yes to the first question, the candidate with the most votes, no matter how fragmented the individual totals are, becomes governor.
Given that California is a blue state with lax voting procedures, however, Newsom could still prevail, particularly if no high-profile Democrat jumps in. If Democrats split their vote, a prominent GOP candidate like ex-San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, or 2018 Newsom rival John Cox, might win.
As a matter of symbolism, author and filmmaker Mike Cernovich is also running in what will become a multi-candidate, ideologically diverse field that will likely include several quirky would-be governors.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 3, 2021
Although Psaki’s pro-Newsom tweet received a lot of social media applause from liberal Twitter, others were less than convinced. Here is a sampling:
“The President opposes the democratic process and the rights of voters to remove ineffective governance.”
— Razor (@hale_razor) February 10, 2021
K. We’re still recalling him tho.
— Alan B. Rivera (@AlanBRivera) February 9, 2021
Democracy is awesomesauce unless you wanna use it in a way they don’t like https://t.co/Aex2OD2i0k
— Oilfield Rando (@Oilfield_Rando) February 10, 2021
— JohnHCox (@TheRealJohnHCox) February 10, 2021
Biden opposing it probably works in our favor.
— Claire W. (@Graphite_nGrace) February 10, 2021
Not only is she advocating for a political candidate on an official US government account, she is stating on the record, that she opposes that which is outlined in the California State Constitution. https://t.co/MAGOaaKdOe
— Aldous Huxley’s Ghost™ (@AF632) February 10, 2021
They’re nervous https://t.co/YAKF1IyJip
— Peggy (@Peggy77138225) February 9, 2021
By the time you “circle back,” Newsom will be gone.@PressSec
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) February 9, 2021
— Gregg (@GreggTravels) February 9, 2021
@GavinNewsom is a pretty boy disaster. The great state of CA deserves better. This is the wrong side
— Christen K (@mycjkhalaf) February 9, 2021
Seems like Gavin is worried if he’s asking the WH to help.
— Beatrice Cardenas (@RealBetyCardens) February 9, 2021
Maybe they wouldn’t get 11 – 30 billion in unemployment stolen while eating at the French laundry and having the most punitive lockdowns in the country and still one of of the highest death rates?
— Max Esquire (@EdwinDonTesh) February 9, 2021
— David G. Johnson (@DGJohnson27) February 9, 2021
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