UPDATED 7:35 PM PT – Monday, March 8, 2021
The recall Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) petition in California has garnered 1.5 million signatures. Organizers believe the petition could reach a total of 2 million signatures by its deadline of March 17.
Those in favor might argue the recall has been a long time coming.
The effort recently gained major traction after the state’s restaurant association and residents alike criticized his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic as “tone deaf.”
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“You see a restaurant, maybe six to seven restaurants next to each other, and they each have five tables on the sidewalk, it appears as though the restaurants are doing fine,” Jot Condie, president and CEO of the California Restaurant Association said. “But for every five tables on a sidewalk there’s probably 30 empty tables indoors.”
However, far-left lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) are attempting to put their nose in state business that has nothing to do with them. In a tweet on Monday, Sanders accused so-called “extremist Republicans” of undermining democracy, suggesting the petition is a “purely partisan political move.”
Right-wing Republicans in CA are trying to recall @GavinNewsom for the crime of telling people to wear masks and for listening to scientists during COVID. Extremist Republicans have done enough to undermine democracy already. We must all unite to oppose the recall in California.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 8, 2021
Sanders also claimed the Newsom pushback is solely because he told residents to wear a face mask, when Californians are clearly upset at the double standard the governor has publicly portrayed regarding lockdown orders for restaurants.
The Vermont lawmaker has since asked West Coast Democrats to unite in stopping the petition.
In the meantime, California still needs to determine the validity of the signatures, as those who signed it must be from California. In February, it was estimated some 83 percent were in fact gathered by eligible voters in the Golden State.