California Governor Gavin Newsom is blaming Republicans and supposed “anti-mask extremists” for the state’s upcoming recall election. More than two million Californians have signed a petition to set up the recall election, which could result in Newsom’s removal from office.
“And let’s just call it what it is: it’s a partisan, Republican recall – backed by the RNC, anti-mask and anti-vax extremists, and pro-Trump forces that want to overturn the last election and have opposed much of what we have done to fight the pandemic,” said Newsom in a campaign blast email.
Newsom has presided over a historic decline for the once-prestigious state and one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the country. 135,000 Californians have fled the state in 2020, many of them of an upper-middle class demographic that largely pays the state’s taxes. The once-dynamic state will lose a seat in Congress from its population stagnation, with many of the state’s cities now resembling Venezuela-style homeless encampments.