Larry Elder dreams of being California's own Donald Trump. And I don't know about you, but I would fight with everything I've got to keep from putting one more Donald Trump Republican in office. — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts
Larry Elder dreams of being California's own Donald Trump. And I don't know about you, but I would fight with everything I've got to keep from putting one more Donald Trump Republican in office. — Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts

We defeated Trump last year. We all worked hard to defeat Trump. We said it was the most important election in our lifetime, but we haven't defeated Trumpism. — Gavin Newsom, Governor of California
We defeated Trump last year. We all worked hard to defeat Trump. We said it was the most important election in our lifetime, but we haven't defeated Trumpism. — Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

Newsom nationalizes California recall as he fights for his job
"You saw the Big Lie, you saw what happened on January 6, you have seen the voter suppression laws all across the country and you saw what just happened in Texas," he said, referring to a number of Republican-led efforts that have infuriated Democrats. "We said last year, we all said this... the most important election in your lifetime was last November, defeating Donald Trump. But know this, we did not defeat Trumpism."

Then he turned to his own fight: "It is still alive all across this country and... it has come to the state of California."

... Taking her cues from Newsom, Warren wasted little time on stage before making the same national pitch, arguing "governors matter" because of recent controversial moves in the fight against the coronavirus by Ron DeSantis, Florida's Republican governor, and on abortion by Greg Abbott, Texas' Republican governor.

"If what happened in Texas or Florida or South Dakota makes you worry about the future of our nation... then Governor Larry Elder should absolutely terrify you," she said, before dealing the biggest applause line: "Larry Elder dreams of being California's own Donald Trump. And I don't know about you, but I would fight with everything I've got to keep from putting one more Donald Trump Republican in office."

... On Friday, Newsom made his pitch to LGBTQ voters squarely about stopping the kind of politics that elevated Trump: "We defeated Trump last year. We all worked hard to defeat Trump. We said it was the most important election in our lifetime, but we haven't defeated Trumpism."


... Newsom has accused Elder of wanting to turn California's Covid response into hotspots like Florida and Texas, where cases have sparked of late.

"This is a matter of life and death," Newsom said. "It is not hyperbole to suggest that."

And presenting himself as a champion for women's reproductive rights, Newsom has especially been using Elder's positions on social issues to convince Democratic voters that they must return their ballots, even if they are frustrated by the many crises that the state is facing, including the Covid-19 pandemic, wildfires, drought, homelessness, and a dearth of affordable housing.

... Elder has used that strategy of deflection -- accusing reporters of asking about issues that he says are not part of his agenda -- to rebut questions about his past statements on an array of controversial issues that could alienate progressive and moderate voters in this blue state.

During an interview with CNN on Monday, when asked about his position that the minimum wage should be zero, he said he wouldn't plan to do anything about it if elected as California's governor: "That's not even close to anything on my agenda list."

But Newsom and his allies on the campaign trail aren't buying into that.

"This is a profoundly consequential race, not just here in California, but all across the country," Newsom said Thursday.
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