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California Governor Gavin Newsom gave an odd video interview this week with several media outlets including the Sacramento Bee. In the 6:25 minute youtube clip below, Newsom said “damn” 9 times, and slammed his desk with his hand and fist 59 times.
He also made some really strange statements, and with a funky drawl.
He was asked if the California dream was more of a mirage, with all of the obvious issues facing the state (shortened version of the long question).
“I love this damn state,” Newsom said. “We have over 100 damn IPO’s.” (Initial Public Offerings)
Okay, that may not be so odd, other than the two “damns” in one breath.
“Middle class families in Texas pay more taxes than middle class families in California,” Newsom continued. And for impact, he added, “Look that up. That’s a fact.”
That is a pretty odd “damn” contention considering Texas is one of seven states that do not have income tax. Texas does have a statewide sales tax of 6.25% and has higher property taxes than California. “Texans are taxed less overall by state and local governments, but they pay some of the highest sales and property taxes in the country, according to the most recent data from the Tax Policy Center,” the Dallas Morning News reported.
According to TurboTax, California has by far the highest income tax — its 13.3% top rate dwarfs No. 2 Hawaii’s 11%. But the fairest apples-to-apples, all-inclusive comparison we could find comes from WalletHub, which ranks “overall tax burden by state,” reflecting income tax, property tax and sales tax. California’s 9.48% total tax burden makes it the 10th highest tax state. Texas at 8.19% is 30th.
Newsom wasn’t convinced. Regarding his strange assertion, he fumed, “I don’t know why that doesn’t get more damn attention.”
California’s besieged governor, Gavin Newsom, went on a whiny self-pitying recall rage rant during an interview by the Sacramento Bee editorial board. The contrast in attitude to Larry Elder’s appearance before the same group (video link below) was startling. It is obvious that the horrid prospect of being tossed out of office via recall is getting under his skin which accounts for his over-the-top bitterness.
Recall Gubernatorial Candidate Larry Elder Tweeted out the video Tuesday: “Gavin Newsom Unhinged During Interview with Journalist — morphs into Captain Queeg.”
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 10, 2021
There was a “Captain Queeg” moment when Newsom says, “This is off the top of my damn head,” at 3:43. And then he added in a gravelly pirate voice, “So I’ll stipulate that.”
The fist slams on the desk were also peculiar. Many people speak with their hands, gesturing freely, and may even emphasize a statement with a BLAM on the desk. But 59 times in six minutes?
He expressed a double “damn” in one sentence when discussing his support of the Central Valley and California Congressman Devin Nunes’s “back damn district,” at 4:28.
Here’s the video – it’s 6:30 minutes of your life. We’d love to hear your thoughts:
FLASHBACK: This is not the first time a crisis has steered the gov’s syntax toward the damn. In this memorable video from last year’s North Complex Fire, a flak-jacketed Newsom bemoaned the “climate damn emergency” that has exacerbated the state’s wildfire quagmire.