The people of California are mad as hell, and it looks like they’re not going to take it anymore. There’s a massive effort underway to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, and the campaign not only has broad popular support but appears to have some big money behind it as well.
Newsom’s Outrageous Hypocrisy
The list of things Newsom has done to trigger this effort is much too long to chronicle completely, but here are just a few of the most egregious things he’s done to Californians during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Recently, he was photographed attending a large and crowded dinner party at the French Laundry, a swanky and exclusive California restaurant. Meanwhile, he issued rules for Californians during the Thanksgiving holiday which mandated that people from more than three different households were not allowed to meet together for dinner. Also, gatherings were not allowed to last for more than two hours and, perhaps most absurdly of all, “singing, chanting and shouting [were] strongly discouraged.”
Newsom closed down schools across the state and demanded that all classes be conducted remotely using software like Zoom, but he saw nothing wrong with sending his own four children back to in-person learning at their highly exclusive and expensive private schools.
In a video that went viral, a California restaurant owner named Angela Marsden showed, in the midst of a tearful outcry, that her restaurant and its outdoor patio had been closed down by the governor’s orders. But, merely a few feet away, a large film company was being allowed to operate with impunity. This sparked suggestions that the film industry’s political donations may have played a role in the unequal treatment.
Building Up Steam…and Money
With all of these outrages, Californians are growing furious. And it isn’t, as might be expected, only ordinary Californians of modest means who feel this way. The effort to recall Newsom received a $500,000 donation from an Irvine-based consulting firm called Prov 3:9. This was the campaign’s first six-figure donation.
Moreover, Sequoia Capital, a venture capital firm, has donated a further $100,000 to the effort.
Conservative actors like Dean Cain and Rob Schneider have thrown their celebrity behind the push to recall the governor, as have prominent national-level Republican politicians like former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
As of December 23, the campaign had secured more than 900,000 signatures.