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Newsom Speaks in Texas Despite Travel Ban


California Governor Gavin Newsom | Image by Anne Wernikoff/CalMatters

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California Governor Gavin Newsom traveled to Austin, Texas, over the weekend to speak at the Texas Tribune Festival about his perspective on national politics.

His most pointed comments attacked the actions of fellow governors, including Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas, primarily over their handling of the unprecedented influx of unlawful migrants.

Speaking of Gov. DeSantis’ recent transportation of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Newsom alleged, “It’s clear that DeSantis broke the law. The question is, which law did he break?”

DeSantis has faced a slew of legal challenges since flying 50 migrants to the community before they were subsequently bused to a nearby military installation, as reported by The Dallas Express.

Newsom suggested that “Abbott is light years ahead in policy than DeSantis, but DeSantis has weaponized it to the next level.”

Recently, Newsom requested the Department of Justice (DOJ) to launch a criminal investigation into the two governors, writing, “Like millions of Americans, I have been horrified at the images of migrants being shipped on buses and planes across the county.”

However, while serving as mayor of San Francisco, Newsom himself used busing programs to relocate homeless people out of the city. A report dated the year after Newsom started the program found that the buses delivered the homeless to places such as their ex-girlfriend’s house, and critics called the program “Greyhound therapy.”

About 80% of the homeless Californians were bused out of state, and the number one destination was Texas.

Newsom visited Austin last week to speak at the event even though California law prohibits state government officials from traveling to Texas on official business.

In total, California forbids travel to 22 states due to its objection to laws passed in those states that it considers discriminatory toward the LGBTQ community and therefore at odds with California’s platform.

Loopholes in the law allow high-ranking officials such as Gov. Newsom to travel to blacklisted states if they use campaign funds. The legislation also does not forbid government officials from using private funds to travel to any of the allegedly discriminatory states.

Newsom has a history of traveling to banned states, either for personal enjoyment or political reasons, and was criticized for vacationing in Montana earlier this year.

Despite speculation that Newsom was gearing up for a potential bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2024, he denied any intention of doing so.

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2 months ago

Newsom breaks his own rules on travel just has he did mask mandates and lockdowns. Isn’t the two tier system lovely? Rules are for plebs not oligarchs.

Reply to  AhmNee
2 months ago

And the hypocrite is “horrified” that immigrants are being relocated when he did it and Biden did it as well. Only in Austin can he get away with such lies without getting booed off the stage.

2 months ago

We don’t know which law Desantes broke but it’s clear we will find one we can convince our unquestioning followers he broke. – Governor Gavin Goodhair

2 months ago

For anyone who has never seen one, a jackass, look no further. Jackassess are alive and living high off their dimwitted citizens. Actually bet the citizens actually have no say in these matter which are controlled by the elite,rich to include the hollywierd lossers.