Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) said Thursday that he has completed a tour of states where “freedom” is “under attack,” but ignored his own state of California.
Newsom has focused on conservative states with laws on abortion, and has accused states like Florida of “banning books” because they have dismissed Critical Race Theory curriculum, and have fought for the removal of transgender teaching in schools.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Newson closed schools, businesses, and places of worship which was later deemed unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court.
“I knew you guys got a lot of problems out here, but your governor is very concerned about what we’re doing in Florida, so I figured I had to come by,” Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said last month during a visit to the Golden State.
“And if you look over the last four years, we’ve witnessed a great American exodus from states governed by leftist politicians imposing leftist ideology and delivering poor results, and you’ve seen massive gains in states like Florida,” DeSantis continued. “From the beginning of this state’s history, all the way until the last four or five years, people beat a path to California. You didn’t beat a path away from California. And yet now, you see the state hemorrhaging population.”
Newsom is hardly a proponent of “freedom” — at least in his own state. He banned indoor religious worship during the coronavirus pandemic — a policy that was later overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court — and has constantly targeted the Second Amendment, though his policies have also fallen afoul of the courts. Newsom is also attacking the oil and gas industry, attempting to eliminate gas-powered cars — just the latest example of a heavy-handed economic approach that limits economic freedom. But California was not on the list of states for Newsom’s “tour,” which is aimed at shoring up a new political action committee (PAC), the Campaign for Democracy. The PAC is widely seen as a vehicle for Newsom’s future presidential ambitions, though he has disavowed any intention to challenge President Joe Biden in 2024 — for now.