Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is backtracking on claims made by current Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom that the grand recall against him is being driven by Republicans, saying it is a movement fueled by “ ordinary people. ”
A campaign to enforce a recall for Governor Newsom has amassed more than 2.1 million signatures, providing the 1.5 million needed to enforce an election later this year instead of 2022.
Schwarzenegger, 73, knows the recall system well, the ‘Terminator’ star was elected Governor of the Golden State after a 2003 recall overthrew Democrat Gray Davis.
Newsom has claimed the efforts were driven by right-wing extremists, calling it a “ partisan Republican recall. ”
But Schwarzenegger tells Politics that Newsom is playing the quintessential political blame game, and that this recall is the voter’s response to “ discontent ” – similar to the ordinary residents’ feeling that brought him into the governor’s mansion in 2003.
“The political parties make it right about them,” he said.
“The Republicans are going to claim that the Democrats are terrible, and then the Democrats come in and they say, ‘It’s a power grab,’ which I heard a million times in 2003, of course.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom has claimed the recalls were driven by right-wing extremists
Schwarzenegger, 73, was elected Governor of the Golden State after a 2003 recall election that ousted Democrat Gray Davis
‘People are dissatisfied. [The recall is] the way people let off steam, and then they decide: do we want to continue or not? Schwarzenegger said.
In a poll of 1,174 voters polled by the Public Policy Institute of California, at least 56% of people said they do not support the recall and 40% supported it, according to the LA TimesThe remaining voters were undecided.
Of the 1,174 likely voters surveyed by the Public Policy Institute of California, 56% said they are against the recall and 40% support it, with the remaining undecided. More than three-quarters of the likely voters said the worst pandemic is over.
The remember movement has mainly focused on Newsom’s handling of the pandemic.
Critics have filtered Newsom’s restrictive measures for schools and businesses during the pandemic.
He was also publicly knocked down after being seen dining at the luxurious French Laundry restaurant in November 2020, where he and a group of 10 or more people were seen without a face mask and no one practicing social distancing.
At the time, the state had a ban on eating indoors.
Newsom was viewed both ways when photographed at a dinner party at the upscale French Laundry restaurant in Yountville, California
Newsom was photographed at a dinner party at the French Laundry restaurant in November 2020 amid a state-wide lockdown
California governor took to Twitter to call the attempt to enforce a recall a “ partisan Republican recall. ”
In addition, the movement’s organizers cite the growing homelessness crisis in the state and the high cost of living as other reasons for the recall.
Newsom has itself called the attempt a “ partisan Republican recall, ” backed by far-right groups like QAnon and the Proud Boys.
“The other advocates, the top 10 advocates, the people behind this are members of the Three Percenters, the right-wing militia; the proud boys [who] supported the rebellion, [who] are people who literally, enthusiastically support the QAnon conspiracies. And that is the origin. he told the host of The view in March.
Schwarzenegger rejects the idea that the recall is being led by Republicans, telling Politico that the California Republican Party has no position whatsoever to lead such a movement.
“This is the crazy thing here, when they say it’s a Republican ‘power grab’. Let me tell you, the [California] Republicans couldn’t even get anyone elected. It’s ridiculous – the Republican Party doesn’t exist. These are the signatures of the common people who signed up, ”he said.