President Joe Biden urged Californians to “vote no” on Governor Gavin Newsom’s recall while repeatedly slamming Newsom’s opponent during a rally for the incumbent Monday evening.
The president arrived in Long Beach after visiting both Idaho and Sacramento to participate in events relating to the recent wildfires. Biden took the stage for the campaign event and quickly propped up Newsom as “one of the best governors in the country” before attacking his frontrunner opponent, Larry Elder, as being “anti-women, anti-worker” and a “climate denier.”
“The eyes of the nation, this is not hyperbole, the eyes of the nation are on California because the decision you are about to make isn’t just going to have a huge impact on California, it’s going to reverberate around the nation – and quite frankly, not a joke, around the world,” Biden, speaking to a crowd of around 1,100 people, said. “And here’s why. All of you know the last year I got to run against the real Donald Trump.”
“Well, this year, this year, the leading Republican running for governor is the closest thing to a Trump clone that I have ever seen. No, I really mean it. And he’s leading the other team. He’s a clone of Donald Trump,” Biden continued.
The president, battling a cough, went on with his warnings for California residents. Newsom, he said, believes in the science and has been “protecting people and vaccinating his state.” Although Biden highlighted Newsom’s “courage” amid the pandemic, the Democratic governor faced backlash over his COVID-19 lockdown policies – in part because he publicly defied them.
“We need Gavin Newsom. A governor who will follow science,” the president declared.
Biden hit Elder over past comments he made regarding women, as well. The president said that a vote for Newsom means “you’ll be keeping a governor who respects women instead of someone who wrote that women know less about politics and economics than men.”
The president was referring to a resurfaced op-ed Elder wrote more than 20 years ago dubbed “Democrats and the SHE vote.” Elder cited “a study at the Annenberg School at the University of Pennsylvania” which he said “confirmed women’s lack of knowle... (Read more)
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