With the recall election for California Governor Gavin Newsom now only days away, the Democrat pointed to Texas as an example of what would happen if Republicans take the governorship — which is ironically where many Californians are fleeing to.
Among the things Newsom bemoaned while campaigning last week was the new Texas abortion law that has left liberals everywhere in hysterics over the fear that it may lead to the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the controversial decision in 1973’s Roe v. Wade.
“The whole idea that a constitutional right, the right to choice, the right to reproductive freedom, rights of women, now are under assault – what a remarkable moment it is in American history,” said Newsom during a campaign rally in Los Angeles.
Yet despite the liberal disdain for Texas and its “American Taliban” rhetoric towards Texas in particular, many Californians are fleeing to the alleged hellhole that Newsom decries. Californians (including this writer) have begun an exodus from the Golden State, with the population falling by 182,000 in 2020 — the first time the state’s population has decreased since its admission into the union in 1850. California even lost a congressional seat for the first time.
Not only individual residents, but major businesses are fleeing California as well. Several big names like Oracle and Hewlett Packard Enterprises have made the move, along with countless smaller businesses. Texas Governor Greg Abbott took to Twitter to tout Texas’ current standing as the #1 destination for business relocation, and mocked Newsom’s demonization of the Lone Star State:
California is losing population to other states.
Also, business HQs are leaving CA at a record pace.
Americans moving to Texas more than any other state.
We’re also # 1 in business relocations.
Texas policies attract people more than any other state. https://t.co/pWnpAJhbZA
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) September 5, 2021
The issue of Covid-19 lockdowns has repeatedly come up as well. Newsom has used the examples of Texas and Florida as high profile Republican states to whip up fear and defend his usage of some the harshest lockdown policies in the nation, calling it “a matter of life and death.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been a poster child for liberal elites rushing to Newsom’s aid, such as singer John Stephens, also known as John Legend:
Don’t DeSantis our California. Reject the ridiculous recall. Vote No and return your ballot by 9/14.
— John Legend (@johnlegend) August 23, 2021
If the recall succeeds, the most likely candidate of the 46 potential replacements is Republican Larry Elder, a radio host who has emerged from the field of other Republican challengers hoping to take the governorship.
However, the road to replacing Newsom remains rocky, as recent polls show Newsom enjoying a comfortable 60 percent lead (people who responded with opposition to the recall) compared to 38.5 percent supporting his removal.
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