Gavin Newsom: ‘I’m Hopeful’ Kamala Harris Will Be ‘the Next President of the United States’

Gavin Newsom: ‘I’m Hopeful’ Kamala Harris Will Be ‘the Next President of the United States’

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) said Thursday that he is “hopeful” Vice President Kamala Harris will be “the next president of the United States.” 

Newsom’s comments came during an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board. The board asked Newsom, who is running for a second term this mid-term election cycle, “if he would promise to voters that he wouldn’t run for president before the end of that term,” which would expire in 2027.

“Yeah, I mean, I have sub-zero interest. It’s not even on my radar,” he said, adding that Harris, who has drawn criticism regarding her performance as vice president, should succeed President Joe Biden, the Chronicle noted. 

“I’m hopeful that she’s the next president of the United States,” he said. 

Newsom’s support of Harris comes at a time when Harris’s approval rating has plummeted below that of Biden’s, a recent Trafalgar poll showed. Just 28 percent of respondents approve of how “Harris is handling her job,” while 62 percent of those polled said they disapprove, Breitbart News reported. Of participants, 39 percent approve of Biden while 55 percent disapprove. 

The poll sampled 1,077 voters between April 18-20 with a margin of error of plus or minus 2.99 percent. 

Breitbart News noted: 

Harris’s approval rating is underwater by 34 points. Biden’s deficit is 16 points. The net difference in their approval rating is 18 percentage points.

Harris’s terrible polling is bad news for any presidential aspirations she may have. Perhaps one of the reason’s [sic] why her polling is so terrible is that she has had numerous communications gaffes and has failed to prevent the southern border invasion.

Last year, Biden tasked Harris with stemming the flow of migrants. But one year later in March 2022, more than 221,300 illegal migrants were encountered crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. That number represents a new high for the Biden administration and the worst month since the Department of Homeland Security was founded in 2002, according to the Republican National Committee’s research team. March’s number was also the third-highest on record.

Harris and Newsom’s political careers follow somewhat similar arcs, dating back to their time working in leadership roles in San Francisco since 2004. Ballotpedia notes Newsom assumed the city’s mayorship that year while Harris was sworn in as district attorney. The duo worked together in the city government until 2011, when they took on high-ranking roles at the state level. Newsom served as California’s lieutenant governor from 2011 to 2019, while Harris served as the state’s attorney general from 2011 to 2016. The Chronicle pointed out that they share donors in the Golden State. 

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Joe Biden Quiet on Hate Crime Against Taiwanese Church as He Leaves for Asia

Joe Biden Quiet on Hate Crime Against Taiwanese Church as He Leaves for Asia

President Joe Biden has yet to comment at press time on the specifics of a mass shooting in California this weekend that law enforcement officials said was motivated by hate against the country of Taiwan as he prepares to leave Thursday for a trip to Asia.

David Chou (Chou Wenwei), 68, an American born in Taiwan and later identified as a member of a Chinese Communist Party umbrella organization, allegedly chained shut the doors of the Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, and opened fire on a group of Taiwanese congregants during a luncheon to honor a pastor.

He shot and killed one man and injured five others before being subdued by members of the congregation.

The victims in the attack ranged between 66 and 92 years of age.

Authorities said they found items in Chou’s car that indicated he was “upset” by the existence of a Taiwanese state.

68-year-old David Chou of Las Vegas

68-year-old David Chou (Chou Wenwei), 68, an American born in Taiwan

Taiwan is an island country off the coast of China. It has a democratic government fully independent of Beijing, but the Communist Party insists that the island is a “province” of China. Taiwan has never been governed by any government headquartered in Beijing and China has no practical state powers over Taiwan currently.

The suspect previously appeared at a local Las Vegas protest, holding up a banner against Taiwanese “demons.”

Biden has remained quiet on the attack even during a White House reception to celebrate Asian-American heritage on Tuesday.

The president mentioned “hate crime shootings in Orange County, California; Dallas, Texas, just last week” but did not specifically call out the anti-Tawainese hatred of the shooter.

On Tuesday, Biden traveled to Buffalo, New York, repeatedly promising to call out and expose racism after a shooter, believed to be an anti-black racist, shot and killed ten people in a grocery store.

“Silence is complicity. It’s complicity. We cannot remain silent,” he said.

Police investigate after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. - One person was dead and four people were "critically" injured in a shooting at a church near Los Angeles, law enforcement said Sunday, just one day after a gunman killed 10 people at a grocery store in New York state.

Police investigate after a shooting inside Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California, on May 15, 2022. (Getty)

Vice President Kamala Harris also vowed to speak up and condemn racism but has abstained from addressing the California shooting. Harris was celebrated upon her election as the first Asian American vice president, as her mother was born in India.

“The President and I, and all of us as leaders, will not be silent,” Harris said during the White House celebration. “We will not stand by. We must always speak out against violence, against hate crime and discrimination, whenever and wherever it occurs.”

The White House could not explain why Biden remained quiet about the California shooting when reporters asked if he had made calls to the leaders of China and Taiwan or was concerned about tensions between the two countries.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dismissed the question on Thursday, lumping the allegedly Chinese nationalist-inspired shooting into shooting crimes around the country.

“I don’t have any calls to preview of — calls with Chinese and Taiwan as it relates to this particular case,” she said. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by gun violence, including the incidents — the other incidents that at — that happened this weekend in Houston, in Milwaukee, in Chicago, and, as we know, in Buffalo.”

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Senate Democrat Effort to Create Massive Expansion of Abortion via Federal Law Fails by 11 Votes

Senate Democrats wanted to manufacture a political optic using the hot button issue of abortion.  The senate pushed a bill for a massive expansion of abortion, far beyond Roe -v- Wade, to the floor.  However, the bill needed 60 votes to pass cloture, end debate.

Embarrassingly, and in a pure political stunt, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer summoned Kamala Harris to the upper chamber in the event she was needed for a “tie-breaking” vote.  However, cloture requires 60 votes, not 50, so the optics of Harris only highlighted the insufferable politics.

The cloture vote failed 49-51, far short of the 60 votes needed to end debate and attempt to pass the bill.  Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voted with republicans to block the cloture effort.  The federal abortion legislation now disappears back into the filing cabinet from which it came.

WASHINGTON – […] In a 49-51 vote, the Senate rejected the Democratic legislation, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and all Republicans voting against the measure. While the outcome was no surprise and mirrored a similar vote on abortion protections the Senate took in February, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested the court’s draft opinion, published by POLITICO last week, had raised the stakes.

“Today’s vote is one of the most consequential we will take in decades because for the first time in 50 years, a conservative majority, an extreme majority on the Supreme Court, is on the brink of declaring that women do not have freedom over their own bodies,” Schumer said in a floor speech Wednesday morning, adding that the decision “will live in infamy.” (read more)

According to Manchin’s earlier statement, “Democrats are “trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade. And I want you to know, it’s not,” he argued, referring to the bill’s ban on some state restrictions on the procedure currently allowed. “This is not the same. It expands abortion.”

Kamala Harris has a sad moment in the Senate, created by Chuck Schumer {Direct Rumble Link} WATCH:

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Senate Democrat Effort to Create Massive Expansion of Abortion via Federal Law Fails by 11 Votes

Senate Democrats wanted to manufacture a political optic using the hot button issue of abortion.  The senate pushed a bill for a massive expansion of abortion, far beyond Roe -v- Wade, to the floor.  However, the bill needed 60 votes to pass cloture, end debate.

Embarrassingly, and in a pure political stunt, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer summoned Kamala Harris to the upper chamber in the event she was needed for a “tie-breaking” vote.  However, cloture requires 60 votes, not 50, so the optics of Harris only highlighted the insufferable politics.

The cloture vote failed 49-51, far short of the 60 votes needed to end debate and attempt to pass the bill.  Democrat Senator Joe Manchin voted with republicans to block the cloture effort.  The federal abortion legislation now disappears back into the filing cabinet from which it came.

WASHINGTON – […] In a 49-51 vote, the Senate rejected the Democratic legislation, with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and all Republicans voting against the measure. While the outcome was no surprise and mirrored a similar vote on abortion protections the Senate took in February, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer suggested the court’s draft opinion, published by POLITICO last week, had raised the stakes.

“Today’s vote is one of the most consequential we will take in decades because for the first time in 50 years, a conservative majority, an extreme majority on the Supreme Court, is on the brink of declaring that women do not have freedom over their own bodies,” Schumer said in a floor speech Wednesday morning, adding that the decision “will live in infamy.” (read more)

According to Manchin’s earlier statement, “Democrats are “trying to make people believe that this is the same thing as codifying Roe v. Wade. And I want you to know, it’s not,” he argued, referring to the bill’s ban on some state restrictions on the procedure currently allowed. “This is not the same. It expands abortion.”

Kamala Harris has a sad moment in the Senate, created by Chuck Schumer {Direct Rumble Link} WATCH:

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J.D. Vance on ‘Kamala Harris Stooge’ Tim Ryan’s Late-Term Abortion Stance: ‘Barbaric Anywhere in the World’

J.D. Vance on ‘Kamala Harris Stooge’ Tim Ryan’s Late-Term Abortion Stance: ‘Barbaric Anywhere in the World’

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Ohio J.D. Vance slammed his Democrat competitor Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) for stating that women should be able to abort their unborn children at any point in pregnancy.

“Here’s Kamala Harris stooge Tim Ryan defending abortion through 40 weeks. This is a barbaric position anywhere in the world (even European nations typically don’t allow abortion after 12 weeks). But it’s an especially radical position in Ohio,” Vance tweeted in response to a clip of Tim Ryan talking to Fox New’s Special Report host Bret Baier on Wednesday.

The segment was about the influence the leak of the Supreme Court’s potential decision to overrule Roe v. Wade could have on midterm elections. On Monday night, Politico released a draft opinion, seemingly written by Justice Samuel Alito, which would overturn the Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision declaring abortion to be protected by the U.S. Constitution. 

Ever since the leak, radical left Democrats have pushed to end the filibuster, pack the Supreme Court, and pass the Women’s Health Protection Act, legislation which would enshrine abortion on demand and up-to-birth in federal law as well as void all state laws aimed at protecting the lives of the unborn. In the interview, Baier asked Ryan, “As senator, would you have any limits on abortion?”

Look, you gotta leave it up to the woman, because you and I sitting here are a bunch of — well you and I sitting here can’t account for all of the different scenarios that a woman dealing with the complexities of a pregnancy are going through. How can I figure that out?” Ryan replied. 

In the same interview, Ryan called Roe v. Wade “an issue of freedom,” and warned that if the Supreme Court does end up overruling Roe, states like Ohio will roll out “extreme” laws. 

“If we move away from that, you’re going to get states like Ohio that have some of the most extreme laws in the whole country, where if you’re a young girl and you’ve been raped or there’s been incest…the state, the government is going to force you to bring that baby to term, and I just don’t think that’s a fundamental value,” he said. 

Katherine Hamilton is a political reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow her on Twitter.

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Riot in Los Angeles as Pro-Abortion Activists Confront Police

Riot in Los Angeles as Pro-Abortion Activists Confront Police

Violent demonstrators attacked police, vandalized a sidewalk, and smashed a local business on Tuesday evening during a protest against the Supreme Court’s impending decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 abortion decision.

The gathering was initially peaceful, as several hundred people gathered in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles to share their outrage at a leaked majority decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case.

Abortion protest Los Angeles (Frederic J. Brown / AFP / Getty)

Pro-choice activists march in protest after gathering outside the US Courthouse to defend abortion rights in downtown Los Angeles on May 3, 2022. – The Supreme Court is poised to strike down the right to abortion in the US, according to a leaked draft of a majority opinion that would shred nearly 50 years of constitutional protections. The draft, obtained by Politico, was written by Justice Samuel Alito, and has been circulated inside the conservative-dominated court, the news outlet reported. Politico stressed that the document it obtained is a draft and opinions could change. The court is expected to issue a decision by June. The draft opinion calls the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade decision “egregiously wrong from the start.” (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

The decision, written by Justice Samuel Alito and joined by four other conservative justices, restricted the holding in the case to abortion, though Democrats tried to inflame outrage by claiming all other privacy rights and social issues were affected.

Later, however, the event turned violent, as demonstrators tried to take over an intersection, and some threw rocks and bottles at police.

As the Los Angeles Times reported, some also sprayed graffiti in front of City Hall, and attacked police vehicles:

Around 7:30 p.m., officers escorted a group of about 250 demonstrators marching from the courthouse at Broadway and 1st Street to Pershing Square, said Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. At some point, a group started to take over an intersection.

Police slowly drove a pair of vehicles into the intersection, moving about 40 protesters out of the way. Some were seen pounding on the hoods of the vehicles; most left the intersection.

One person smashed the window of a law enforcement vehicle near Grand Park, and others tagged a bus stop with the words “Google LASD gangs.”

[“LASD gangs” is a reference to reports of gangs within the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, an ongoing local scandal.]

The Times also noted that a glass door of a local Planet Fitness location was smashed during the clashes with police.

Video of the confrontations circulated online:

Some law enforcement officials were from the Department of Homeland Security, who arrived to assist local police forces.

This was the same law enforcement agency that then-Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) referred to as a “paramilitary” force when officers tried to protect a federal courthouse from Black Lives Matter rioters in Portland in 2020.

On Tuesday, Harris issued a statement declaring it was “time to fight for women and our country with everything we have.”

There were other demonstrations across California, with several hundred protesters gathering in front of federal buildings in San Francisco and Oakland, as well as outside a federal courthouse in Sacramento, the state capital.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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Biden’s Controversial Ministry of Truth Czar Offered Advice to New President in 2020: Disinformation Is ‘an American Pathology’

Biden’s Controversial Ministry of Truth Czar Offered Advice to New President in 2020: Disinformation Is ‘an American Pathology’

Long before Nina Jankowicz was tapped by Joe Biden to head the Disinformation Governance Board in the Department of Homeland Security, she offered advice to the new president and claimed disinformation is “an American pathology” that has to be cured.

In her piece “How to Defeat Disinformation: An Agenda for the Biden Administration” in Foreign Affairs magazine in November of 2020, Jankowicz spelled out what she believed should be done at the White House, including creating her job to quash conspiracy theories about the outcome of the election.

The author of books on disinformation not only offered advice to Biden but promoted the idea of a new federal post by saying that Biden should use “new governmental structures and legislation” to fight back.

Jankowicz wrote:

Homegrown disinformation proliferated in this election year, including claims that so-called antifa militants started wildfires in the Pacific Northwest and assertions—fed by the mushrooming QAnon conspiracy—that Trump is saving the country from a powerful cabal of pedophiles. Such false and wild notions have blossomed in the societal fissures that have widened under Trump—between those who live in rural areas and those who live in cities, for instance, and those who see systemic racism as a major problem and those who don’t. These divisions have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, four years of Trump’s populist rhetoric, and a social media environment that encourages outrage and extremism. The White House has sought to combat disinformation only when forced to and continues to put pressure on social media companies for its own political convenience—bristling, for instance, at content moderation decisions that affect the president, such as Twitter’s decision to label Trump’s tweets as suspect. Social media platforms have made temporary, surface-level changes to curb the spread of false claims, but they continue to profit from the very structures and imperatives that are now driving groups of Trump-supporting, reality-denying vigilantes to rally at ballot counting centers across the country.

Biden and his advisers seem to recognize the scale and scope of the problem. As a bridge builder and big-tent politician, the president-elect may be uniquely equipped to lead efforts to shore up American resilience to foreign and domestic disinformation. Biden is the lone American signatory of the Pledge for Election Integrity, a 2019 document drafted by the transatlantic nonprofit group Alliance of Democracies. The group of mostly European politicians who signed the pledge promised they would not “fabricate, use or spread data or materials that were falsified, fabricated, doxed or stolen for disinformation or propaganda purposes”; distribute deepfake videos; or utilize inauthentic means, such as bots, to amplify their messages. Biden should continue to lead by example and convince Democratic and Republican members of Congress and state and local officials to pledge to abide by these principles.

After four fractious years of politicization and polarization, however, it will take more than official pledges to address the degradation of public discourse in the United States and the manipulation of information by self-interested charlatans. The next administration will do better in this fight only if it pushes for new governmental structures and legislation. The president-elect’s record of bipartisanship presents an opportunity to push for clear, apolitical measures to safeguard American democracy from the toxic threat of disinformation.

Jankowicz said Biden should take the threat of disinformation “seriously” and mocked President Donald Trump for his own claims of disinformation about him as “a hoax.”

Jankowicz praised European efforts to address disinformation and suggested the United States should follow suit, including “creating a counter-disinformation czar within the National Security Council and setting up a corresponding directorate.”

Turns out, the Biden administration gave this new power to the Department of Homeland Security.

She also suggested that Biden should “bolster public media in order to provide more sober alternatives to the fire and brimstone of cable news,” and called for spending even more taxpayer funding on the left-wing Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio.

Jankowicz concluded that Biden and Kamala Harris are the right team to take on the disinformation problem.

“Without a serious injection of urgency at the highest levels and an understanding that fighting disinformation starts with good governance, the chaos of the Trump era will prove to be the norm, not the exception,” she wrote.

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Biden’s Disinformation Chief Nina Jankowicz: Online Mockery of Kamala Harris a Threat to Democracy and National Security

Biden’s Disinformation Chief Nina Jankowicz: Online Mockery of Kamala Harris a Threat to Democracy and National Security

President Joe Biden’s new disinformation chief Nina Jankowicz argued online mockery of Vice President Kamala Harris and other women in public life was a threat to national security.

“Platforms and governments aren’t doing enough,” she wrote on social media. “It’s time to act. Our national security and democracy are at stake.”

The Department of Homeland Security announced the creation of the new Disinformation Governance Board led by Jankowicz on Wednesday.

Jankowicz argued that Congress should create new laws to block mockery of women online, citing the volume of “gender disinformation” used to criticize Harris.

“Congress should reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and include provisions against online gender-based harassment,” Jankowicz wrote in a WIRED article highlighting the “abusive content” sent on social media to women in public life.

Jankowicz was the author of a report examining the online mockery of Harris during the 2020 election and noted the Vice President received a majority of derogatory online posts against women.

In the article, Jankowicz outlined tech companies and government should work together using “creativity and technological prowess to make a pariah of online misogyny.”

Social media companies, she argued should “make the shift toward believing women” allowing them to identify and censor content. Jankowicz also called for tech companies to stop “a tacit pile-on instruction” from influential people with a lot of online followers.

Jankowicz said online mockery of women was a threat to democracy, warning that “gender disinformation” could prevent women from running for office.

In September 2021, Jankowicz testified about “gender misinformation” being a threat to democracy in the British House of Parliament.

She cited Harris as an example:

I think of the little girls who were so happy on inauguration day, seeing our first female Vice-President inaugurated and, for those of them who are online, looking at the responses to tweets or Vice-President Harris’s Instagram posts, where people call the Biden-Harris Administration “Joe and the ho”, or worse. There is much worse, alleging that Vice-President Harris slept her way to the top.

During her testimony, she argued that “gender misinformation” was also a “national security concern.”

“It is not just a democratic concern; it is a national security concern, which should make it of interest to everybody in government,” she said. “It is not just about hurt feelings. It really affects the way our countries operate.”

Jankowicz cited online mockery of other political women including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to solidify her argument.

Jankowicz routinely cited the volume of sexist content directed at her after she started publishing articles and books on the issue as an example of the dangers for women in public life.

“Being a woman online is an inherently dangerous act,” she argued in her testimony to Parliament. “That is the long and short of it.”

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