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California Gov. Newsom Blames Recall Effort on Right-Wing Extremist Groups

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom appeared on ABC’s “The View” on Tuesday to discuss the state’s recall effort against him which he blames on right-wing extremist groups.

Brings back memories of Hillary Clinton calling rumors of her husband’s affair with Monica Lewinsky a vast right-wing conspiracy.

Co-host Joy Behar asked Newsom, “So Governor, you say that this recall effort has ties to the same extremist groups that stormed the Capitol, but organizers claim more than a third of signatures are from Democrats, Independents and unaffiliated voters mad that your pandemic policies shuttered businesses and schools. Are both true?”

“Well, the chief proponent of this, and forgive me, this is just objective truth. The chief proponent of this recall petition supports putting microchips into migrants, into immigrants,” the governor replied. “The other proponents, the chief, the top ten proponents, the people that are behind this are members of the Three Percenters — the right wing militia group, the Proud Boys, supported the insurrection, are folks that quite literally enthusiastically support Qanon conspiracies, and so that’s the origin here.”

“Am I worried about it? Of course, I’m worried about it,” Newsom continued. “The nature of these things, the up or down question, the zero-sum nature of the question is challenging and vexing. So we’re taking it seriously. I have to do my job every single day, but I’m going to fight this thing because I’m going to fight for California values and the things I hold dear, and I think the vast majority of Californians regardless of their political stripes hold dear.”

According to ABC Los Angeles, several “bureaucratic checkpoints” must be cleared before the secretary of state’s office can schedule the recall election. The petition must be submitted to the agency on March 17 with at least 1.5 million signatures. They currently have two million.

County election officials will then have until April 29 to validate the signatures.

On Monday, it was reported that Newsom had set up a committee called “Stop the Republican Recall” to raise money to “defend his seat.”

Naturally, the article says that Newsom and his supporters are “calling the campaign a Republican power grab driven by supporters of former President Donald Trump and extremist groups.”

Or maybe Californians are tired of his severe lockdown restrictions, paying the highest taxes in the U.S., of the 151,000 homeless people who live on their streets, of his failure to enforce immigration laws, his prioritization of illegal immigrants over U.S. citizens, his release of dangerous criminals, and they’re simply concerned with protecting the state’s future.

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