Gavin Newsom desperately wants to be president.
But his résumé is a complete disaster.
Now Newsom is doing damage control on one failed policy.
Joe Biden announced his plans to run for re-election in 2024, which has Democrats holding their breath.
California Governor Gavin Newsom is hoping to raise his profile in the event that the Democrat establishment subs out Biden for a younger candidate.
And so far, it’s not going too well.
Newsom is touring red states to spread a “woke” message, but he’s having trouble doing so because of a wacky California law that’s been in place for years.
In an attempt to bully red states into conforming to far-left California laws, the state banned publicly-funded travel to certain red states.
The law has been such a failure, even Democrats are raising concerns.
Newsom kicked off his “Campaign for Democracy” by condemning Republican-led states.
He wrote in a tweet, “Extremist Republicans are systematically attacking the very foundations of our free society—denying women equality, attacking communities of color, fetishizing weapons of war, banning books, restricting speech, and undermining the right to vote.”
Ironically, the “democratic” state of California banned travel to 23 states.
State Senator concedes
A Newsom spokesperson even had to confirm that no paid staff members were part of the trip.
State Senator Toni Atkins begrudgingly conceded, “While the law originally sent a clear, early and effective message that California would not engage with states that allow discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, a new approach is needed for California to have a positive impact.”
Regarding California’s abortion tourism, i.e. paying for women in red states to fly to California and have an abortion, Senator Atkins lamented, “One thing we discovered was that while we could pay for people’s plane tickets to California, we couldn’t pay for their tickets to go home because of the travel ban.”
This is leftist politics at its most Orwellian.
University of California at Riverside professor Brandon Andrew Robinson argued, “As a UC professor who studies LGBTQ youth in the Inland Empire and South Texas, the travel ban has impacted my ability to conduct research in Texas and to travel there, and other states, to present the important findings from this research.”
The San Diego State Aztecs recently competed in the NCAA men’s basketball final, and they were only able to travel to Houston, Texas for the Final Four because the NCAA paid the players’ travel fees.
Newsom might want to take his ball and go home.
Stay tuned to Blue State Blues for any updates to this ongoing story.