SSince May 22, Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA) has not tweeted one thing about California from his personal account. Today, of course, is May 31. That means the governor of the largest state in the country hasn’t tweeted about his own state for over a week, almost a week and a half now.
However, this does not mean that he has not been active on Twitter. He has he tweeted more than a few things that have gone viral, regularly racking up over 30,000 likes. Rather, it just means that you’ve apparently decided to become hyper-focused on states thousands of miles away instead of what’s happening in your backyard.
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On May 23, Newsom tweeted about a picture book teaching kids about active shooters, along with the caption: “Winnie the Pooh is now teaching Texas kids about active shooters because elected officials don’t have the courage to keep our kids safe and pass common sense gun safety laws.” The same day, he too aware an article that claimed that Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Day poem had been “banned” from a Florida school, a claim that has since been debunked.
On May 24, he tweeted several times about Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), one more. about alleged “book bans” and one that read, “Ron DeSantis just became the first presidential candidate in American history to launch his campaign after suffering a massive defeat to a cartoon mouse.” He also quoted Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) on Twitter, referring to “space lasers.”
On May 25, the aware on abortion in South Carolina, and on May 26, repeated, again, the lie that Gorman’s poem was banned from a Florida school. On May 29, he posted a artwork that suggests that Florida is preventing children from reading books and also He suggested a Florida law that has not yet gone into effect is to blame for a shooting.
All of this is rather strange when one realizes that things are not exactly going well in California. Crime It has been rising for years, especially in Los Angeles, the tax burden is one of the highest in the country, and the homelessness problem in Los Angeles and San Francisco is out of control. Consequently, the state has been losing more people each year than any other. In 2022, California lost 343,230 people to emigration. What makes this particularly ironic is that the states he is targeting (Florida, Texas, and South Carolina) are in the top four states when it comes to immigration.
The people of California elected him to govern California, to represent them and focus on their needs. Of course, a governor of a huge state can comment on what’s going on in other places. However, this certainly goes too far to the point that he can and should be considered disrespectful to his constituents. The likely reason Newsom is doing this makes it doubly true: he wants to build his national profile so he can run for president at some point in the future.
But the best way a governor can make himself an attractive candidate for president is by doing good for his state. People like results. Maybe if Newsom spent less time attacking states like Florida and Texas, he could fix some of the problems on his own.
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Jack Elbaum is a summer of 2023 washington examiner buddy.