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Yesterday, Gavin Newsom was twice asked to acknowledge that the Recall is not a “coup,” as his supporters and the head of his Party claimed. He refused to do so.

At Dodger Stadium, a reporter asked Newsom, “Did you or anyone on your political team advise the California Democratic Party to refer to the Recall as a coup?” He replied, ”Yeah, I’m focused on vaccine distributions.” So the reporter asked again, “Do you disagree with the characterization of it as a coup?” Newsom again refused to answer, even as he freely answered questions on other topics.

Newsom’s allies were given a “Pants on Fire” rating by Capital Public Radio for hosting an anti-Recall press conference called “the California Coup.” The fact check concluded this description was “far off base and wildly inaccurate,” since a “coup is a violent overthrow of a government” while a “recall is a legally sanctioned effort” that’s “been part of California’s constitution for more than a century.”

In a scathing editorial, the LA Times said the “California Coup” press conference “undermined the state’s legitimate direct democracy system.” And it almost certainly would not have happened without Newsom’s blessing. For a Governor who’s denied the people of California any voice in our government, his refusal to recognize the legitimacy of a challenge to his own power is yet another reason to support the Recall.

Those reasons keep piling up, even as Newsom’s operatives are trying to trivialize the Recall by saying it’s just about Newsom “going out to dinner.” Consider just a few news items from this week:

Lockdowns: Newsom’s irrational lockdowns continue while even Andrew Cuomo now says “we simply cannot stay closed” and “we must reopen the economy.”

Schools: Newsom just released 51 pages of unscientific and impractical school reopening requirements designed to keep schools closed the whole year – which we’ve known was the endgame all along.

EDD: The backlog of claims, including suspensions, is approaching 2.2 million while the losses from fraud have grown to $9 billion.

Incompetence: California is 49th in vaccine distribution, which is sadly one better than our rank on many other things.

It’s no wonder a recent Politico story was headlined “It’s all fallen apart” for Newsom. And the consultant who led the Gray Davis Recall now says there is an “80 to 85 percent chance” the Newsom Recall will qualify for the ballot. The current signature count: 1.1 million.

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Kevin Kiley is a Republican California Legislator fighting back against the Supermajority and Special Interests at the State Capitol. Sign up for updates to be part of our growing movement, and join other Californians of patriotism, decency, and common sense who want nothing more than to save our state.