Fox News on Friday quoted some grumblings that California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is undermining President Joe Biden’s China policy, and perhaps even running his own “shadow campaign” for the presidency, by meeting with dictator Xi Jinping and other Chinese Communist officials during his trip to Beijing.
“The track record is not good for him to be gallivanting around the world doing basically a shadow campaign for president, just waiting for the moment when they finally decide to throw Biden under the bus,” said Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-CA).
LaMalfa compared Newsom to the “backup quarterback” at a football game and suggested the governor would better serve his constituents by attending to the many problems in his state.
LaMalfa was especially critical of Newsom for spending time talking about “climate change” with the mandarins of China — the world’s worst polluter — instead of addressing issues of immediate concern to Californians, such as soaring taxes, business flight, and deteriorating infrastructure.
“I remind folks that carbon dioxide is only 0.04% of our atmosphere and that the contribution by the US is a tiny percentage of that. And the transportation sector and others is a tiny percentage of that. So chasing this carbon thing is just a means with which the government can further take over our economy and our choices,” he said.
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According to LaMalfa, some California Democrats are disgruntled that Newsom is spending so much time on a phantom presidential campaign, although LaMalfa himself felt it was likely the Democrats would end up calling their “backup quarterback” in for the big game in 2024.
“With Trump looking more and more like a likely nominee pulling ahead in most places from what I’ve seen then the Dems are, I think I saw in our notes here, that they would need to break the glass and reach in for the Newsom fire extinguisher,” he said.
LaMalfa was among those who criticized Newsom for fawning over a Chinese electric vehicle this week. “Governor Newsom is more interested in promoting Chinese companies than American,” he said on Wednesday.
“To promote China’s polluting industry while destroying California jobs and making everything more expensive, is a textbook example of Democrat priorities. A bit of a tip to him: his shadow Presidential campaign should be focused on supporting American exceptionalism, not pandering to the Chinese Communist Party,” he said.
LaMalfa and other California Republicans criticized Newsom for not pointing out that Chinese products are often tainted with “slave labor,” as Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) put it. Rep. Jay Obernolte (R-CA) might have landed the best jab on Newsom by pointing out that the Chinese EV he was slobbering over was actually a hybrid — and Newsom is trying to restrict hybrid sales in California.
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