California Gov. Gavin Newsom says recall effort is motivated by racism

By Thomas Catenacci

Recall organizers are using the petition as a way to end the “browning of California,” the California Democrat told reporters Tuesday, according to Fox News. Newsom referred to the petition’s stated reasons to recall, which include his policies making California a sanctuary state and giving undocumented immigrants access to a variety of welfare programs.

“Look at the petition, look at the actual reasons they themselves listed. It has to do with immigration,” Newsom said, Fox News reported. “The browning of California.”

The Newsom administration has consistently promoted legislation that welcomes undocumented immigrants into California and protects them from federal immigration law enforcement. California has provided relief to illegal immigrants throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom has also accused the organizers of being right-wing extremists. During a Tuesday appearance on ABC’s “The View,” the governor said they are associated with the Proud Boys and are believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory.

“The chief proponent of this recall petition supports putting microchips into migrants, into immigrants,” Newsom said on “The View.”

Proponents of the recall petition said last week they had surpassed 2 million signatures in their effort to approve a ballot measure that would propose to oust Newsom. They needed just under 1.5 million by Wednesday’s deadline.

The campaign originally had until mid-November to reach the required amount of signatures, but Judge James P. Arguelles granted an extension due to coronavirus measures. The judge ruled that California’s coronavirus measures had hampered the recall campaign’s efforts.

The California Republican Party and Libertarian Party have both endorsed the campaign.

The campaign is the sixth effort to recall Newsom since he was inaugurated in 2019, according to California’s secretary of state. The only time a recall effort succeeded in California history was in 2003 when Democratic Gov. Gray Davis was ousted and replaced by Arnold Schwarzenegger, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

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2 thoughts on “California Gov. Gavin Newsom says recall effort is motivated by racism

  1. Racism?

    No, No, No.
    That is a red herring
    It is gross malfeasance and incompetence, especially in the RE energy sector.

    Various commentators have been blaming the electric grids of California and Texas for the lack of delivery of electricity during unusual weather events. Almost all of these commentators are not energy systems analysts. They often merely echo what they see/hear elsewhere, and are rushed to meet publishing deadlines, and driven by their editors to increase reader attention.

    The grids of California and Texas are not perfect, but neither are other grids in the US and Europe.
    California imports about 30% of its annual electricity from nearby Southwestern states and from Washington and Oregon to cover any electricity short-falls; it has major connections to those grids. This mode of operation sufficed, until the US southwest had a major, multi-day, heat wave; during heat waves winds are minimal.

    As a result, electricity supplies, from mostly coal-fired plants from Southwestern states, to California were curtailed by the exporting states. The result was rolling black-outs for several days, with 115F temperatures, because, among other RE zealot idiocies, California had closed 15 of its 19 Pacific Coast, low-cost, highly efficient, low-CO2 emitting, minimal-polluting gas plants, because they were warming up the Pacific Ocean. The other 4 were due to close down, but that idiocy has been placed on hold, not cancelled.

    None of the above had anything to do with the California transmission and distribution grids.

    The real deficiency was:

    1) A lack of the usual imports
    2) Insufficient spare generating plant capacity, fueled, staffed, ready to serve, at a moment’s notice.
    3) High electricity demand during the heat wave

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