Former President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that California’s elections were rigged as Governor Gavin Newsom prevailed in a GOP-led recall effort (Pictures: Getty Images/Reuters)
Former President Donald Trump baselessly claimed that California’s elections were rigged – less than an hour after polls closed for a recall contest that Governor Gavin Newsom overwhelmingly survived.
The election was called for the Democratic governor late Tuesday, with Newsom beating 46 candidates including the GOP’s leading contender Larry Elder.
Trump in an email blast slammed California’s elections as ‘rigged’, tying in his continued narrative that he was cheated of votes from the state in the 2020 presidential election.
‘People don’t realize that, despite the Rigged voting in California (I call it the “Swarming Ballots”), I got 1.5 Million more votes in 2020 than I did in 2016,’ Trump said in his statement.
But Trump acknowledged that Newsom was likely to prevail in his recall election. With 68% of estimated votes reported, 63.9% answered ‘no’ to the question of whether Newsom should be recalled, while only 36.1% answered ‘yes’.
‘The place is so Rigged, however, that a guy who can’t even bring water into their State, which I got federal approval to do (that is the hard part), will probably win,’ Trump stated, hitting at Newsom for allowing water to flow into the Pacific Ocean and going to waste.
‘Billions of gallons of water coming to California from the North is being sent out to sea, rather than being spread throughout the State. This is to protect the tiny delta smelt, which is doing far worse now without the water.’
The 45th president continued that ‘in any event, it all doesn’t matter because the California Election is totally Rigged’.
Trump claimed, ‘Many people are already complaining that when they go to vote they are told, “I’m sorry, you already voted” (Just like 2020, among many other things)’ and that ‘they then leave angry’.
He concluded that ‘fortunately, even the Fake News Media has been reporting it’.
There is no evidence to support Trump’s claim that the California recall election was rigged, as with the presidential election in November.
A petition to recall Newsom was introduced in February 2020 with a myriad of issues including his handling of immigration, homelessness and property taxes. Shortly after with the coronavirus outbreak, Newsom’s critics said he was too slow to reopen the state after Covid-19 cases dropped.
Cries for recall spiked in November 2020 when Newsom attended a birthday party at the French Laundry restaurant in exactly the type of enclosed setting he had been urging Californians to avoid amid the pandemic.
Newsom’s win late Tuesday signaled that the US’s most populous state remains largely liberal despite ‘Trumpism’ threats.
‘“No” is not the only thing that was expressed tonight,’ Newsom said. ‘I want to focus on what we said “yes” to as a state: We said yes to science, we said yes to vaccines, we said yes to ending this pandemic.’
Trump largely refrained from commenting on the recall contest until the last days, when he made unfounded claims of the election being rigged that were echoed by Elder’s camp.
However, Elder did not call the election rigged when he addressed his supporters in acknowledging his loss.
‘Let’s be gracious in defeat,’ Elder said. ‘We may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war.’
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