“Phew. After months of worrying about the fate of California, we will sleep easier now that Gov. Gavin Newsom will not be removed from office early and replaced by right-wing provocateur Larry Elder, a radio host with no experience in elective office and who doesn’t seem interested in being a governor for all Californians — only those who share his extremist, intolerant views,” the board wrote.
With 68% of the vote reported, the “No” votes on recalling Newsom led the “Yes” votes 64% to 36%, an easy victory for the liberal Democrat facing a number of crises across his state, including hard-hitting effects from the coronavirus pandemic, massive wildfires, increased crime rates and a growing homelessness problem.
The Times, however, sought to distance Newsom from his responsibility in fixing the issues plaguing California, calling the blame being placed on him a “smokescreen” from proponents of the recall.
“Voters evidently saw through the smokescreen that recall proponents threw up about how Newsom was responsible for every bad thing that has happened in California over the last few years: wildfires, COVID-19, homelessness, crime, income equality, and on and on,” it wrote.
The Times board did not hide its disdain for the recall efforts, and its columnist roster relentlessly blasted Elder, at one point publishing a piece referring to him as “the Black face of White supremacy.” It also apparently sought to downplay a racially charged attack on Elder by a woman wearing a gorilla mask.