Governor Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) kicked off his second term by drawing battle lines against Republicans while contrasting himself with the GOP in an apparent effort to prop up his image as a presidential candidate for 2024.
(Video Credit: KCRA)
On Thursday at Newsom’s inauguration, the differences between the uber-leftist and Governor Ron DeSantis (R-FL) were stark. Newsom didn’t use names, but it was clear he was taking aim at his arch-nemesis in the Sunshine State. The event was staged on the second anniversary of the January 6 Capitol riot for added progressive effect.
The California Democrat let loose by accusing Republicans of promoting “victimhood,” kidnapping illegal immigrants, and attacking Mickey Mouse.
“They’re promoting grievance and victimhood, in an attempt to erase so much of the progress you and I have witnessed in our lifetime,” Newsom declared. “They make it harder to vote and easier to buy illegal guns. They silence speech, fire teachers, kidnap migrants, subjugate women, attack the Special Olympics, and even demonize Mickey Mouse.”
“Red states selling regression as progress,” he disingenuously intoned.
LIVE | Events are kicking off for Gov. Newsom's 2nd inauguration https://t.co/KWkWPk2jGz
— kcranews (@kcranews) January 6, 2023
Gov Newsom on January 6 insurrection, says it was decades in the making:
“Red states selling regression as progress”
“They’re promoting grievance and victimhood to erase so much of the progress we’ve witnessed in our life time”
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) January 6, 2023
And of course, January 6th was his pivot point during the speech. The event was meant to demonize Republicans and paint California as the nation’s moral authority. It failed to do that primarily because everyone can see what is going on in the state.
“The ugliness that overflowed on January 6th, 2021, we know this, was in fact decades in the making — fomented by people who have a very different vision of America’s future,” Newsom said during the speech.
“On January 6, two years ago, we saw dark forces in America that wanted to take the nation backward. That day was decades in the making. The GOP and the media empire behind them have been selling regression as progress and oppression as freedom. We will not stand for it,” Newsom tweeted while idolizing himself in a video.
On Jan. 6th, two years ago, we saw dark forces in America that wanted to take the nation backward.
That day was decades in the making.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) January 6, 2023
He laughably called California a “freedom force multiplier.” With some of the highest taxation in the nation, skyrocketing energy and gas prices, ongoing water supply struggles, a homeless crisis, out-of-control inflation, rising crime, illegal immigration that is about to break the state, and a long list of other death-knell issues facing California, it appears to be anything but free. That is why so many are fleeing the state.
“California has been freedom’s force multiplier, protecting liberty from a rising tide of oppression taking root in statehouses — weakness, masquerading as strength,” he said according to KCRA, painting a different version of reality than what Californians are suffering under.
Newsom tried to ban singing in church, and he’s accusing others of “long dormant authoritarian impulses” pic.twitter.com/1AJdvzeDJI
— John Hasson (@SonofHas) January 6, 2023
Gavin Newsom has been sworn in for his second and final term as California Governor.
Let's pledge today to make it the final term for the hard left Democrat extremism, incompetence and cruelty that has brought poverty, crime, homelessness and despair to our beautiful state. ✊🌞
— steve hilton (@SteveHiltonx) January 7, 2023
“The battle lines, they’re drawn. I’ll say it: Once again, it is time for choosing,” Newsom declared in his inauguration speech setting the tone for the 2024 presidential race.
“Now that California is facing a massive budget shortfall, these crises will only get worse unless the governor changes course and focuses on the issues facing our state,” Assemblyman James Gallagher, the chamber’s Republican leader, forcefully said in a statement. “Texas and Florida are doing just fine on their own, and welcoming more Californians escaping our problems each day,”
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