President Joe Biden and members of his administration seem to be having trouble getting their priorities straight.
Afghanistan is currently being overrun by the Taliban, but as Breitbart reports, rather than addressing the situation in the Middle East, the president is focusing his attention on campaigning to keep widely unpopular California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) in office.
“A key partner”
Biden issued his latest statement in support of Newsom on Thursday evening. In it, he urged voters in the Golden State not to vote in favor of an ongoing recall effort.
“Gov. [Newsom] is leading California through unprecedented crises,” the president wrote in a tweet. “[H]e’s a key partner in fighting the pandemic and helping build our economy back better.”
Gov. @GavinNewsom is leading California through unprecedented crises—he’s a key partner in fighting the pandemic and helping build our economy back better. To keep him on the job, registered voters should vote no on the recall election by 9/14 and keep California moving forward.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 13, 2021
“Preach and practice”
Of course, Biden overlooks a simple fact: Voters wouldn’t be recalling Newsom if they were happy about what’s he accomplished in his two years as governor.
Most pressing, in the eyes of many voters, has been what many see as his mishandling of the response to the coronavirus pandemic in his state. Back in the fall of 2020, Newsom famously flouted his own orders meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 to attend a dinner party with about a dozen other people at a pricey California restaurant.
Later, according to the Associated Press, Newsom admitted he’d made “a bad mistake.”
“I should have stood up and…drove back to my house,” the governor conceded last November. “The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted… I need to preach and practice, not just preach.”
A look ahead
No doubt in part because of his hypocrisy, organizers have been able to gather more than 2 million signatures in recent months from Californians who support forcing Newsom out of office — 500,000 more than needed. Now, voters will get the chance to decide if they want Newsom out, and they’ll get to pick who ought to replace him.
As Breitbart notes, currently leading the pack among candidates is conservative talk show host and columnist Larry Elder. He’s leading in many polls, Breitbart said, and “would also be the state’s first [B]lack governor.”
But don’t expect that to sway Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, also from California, as they continue to vie for Newsom to keep his spot leading the Golden State.