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California Governor Gavin Newsom (then Lieutenant Governor) riding in the Golden State Warriors Parade in Oakland, CA, Jun. 12, 2018. (Photo: Amir Aziz/Shutterstock)

Gov. Newsom Resorts to Hyperbole and Hysteria on Target’s PRIDE Clothing Controversy

Senator Scott Wiener expressed his own shock and called parents ‘terrorists’

By Katy Grimes, May 25, 2023 10:40 am

The outrage over Target stores pushing the LGBTQ and transgender agenda has morphed beyond just t-shirts with rainbow queer-friendly sayings, or the Pride Adult Drag Queen ‘Trixie Mattel’ Short Sleeve T-Shirt, the Toddler Bien Proud Short Sleeve T-Shirt, the Baby Bien Proud Bodysuit, and the “tuck-friendly” bathing suits for infants and toddlers.

Way to read the room Target. It’s mostly women and moms who shop at Target for their families who are objecting to introducing children to boys wearing girls swimsuits “tucking” their penises into a pouch.*

Triggered parents are posting videos on social media, of the “pride” emblazoned items, and trans-friendly clothing pitched by Target’s “pride” collection.

This mom is mad as hell:

The fury has been so widespread, Target stores across the country began moving the “tuck-friendly” swimsuits to the back of many stores Wednesday.

Not to be outdone by the angered parents, State Senator Scott Wiener, who is not a parent, weighed in on Twitter, expressing his own shock and called parents “terrorists.” But Wiener isn’t mad at Target, he is angry at the adults unhappy with the retailers’ aggressive advocacy and inappropriate trans clothing for toddlers. He tweeted:

“Target is removing LGBTQ Pride products because of terrorist behavior like this. Yes, this is absolutely terrorism & Target should be ashamed for caving in. Just like Anheuser Busch caved in. And people wonder why there’s so much fear in our community.”

Not to be outdone by Sen. Wiener, California Governor Gavin Newsom weighed in with some hyperbole of his own:

“CEO of Target Brian Cornell selling out the LGBTQ+ community to extremists is a real profile in courage. This isn’t just a couple stores in the South. There is a systematic attack on the gay community happening across the country. Wake up America. This doesn’t stop here. You’re black? You’re Asian? You’re Jewish? You’re a woman? You’re next.”

Newsom actually claimed that parents upset with “tuck-friendly” swimsuits is “a systematic attack on the gay community happening across the country.”

And then he predicted a racial bias outcome:

“This doesn’t stop here. You’re black? You’re Asian? You’re Jewish? You’re a woman? You’re next.”

Way to read the room Governor.

As offensive and out of touch California’s governor is with regular people who shop at Target, of the 14 million views, and 20,100 comments on his tone-deaf Tweet, Newsom heard from the regular people, as well as from some notables.

Jason Rantz on KTTH Radio in Seattle called him out:

I’m Jewish. And gay. You don’t speak for me, narcissist.”

Dave Rubin, also gay, asked Newsom if he is a lizard person:

Rubin also left California for Florida not long ago. You can guess why.

Here are a few of the 20,000 replies:

Ashley Muñoz: “Chopping off breasts and selling swimsuits for boys to tuck their wieners in, is an extremist view.”

Hollywood Resistance: Please send us pics of YOUR KIDS wearing “tuck in your penis” and “body damaging bind your breasts” swimsuits. Do it or you’re a hypocrite.
The Redheaded libertarian: It’s grooming.
LogicallyConsistentMD: Lmao @ “You’re next.” You are like a cartoon character villain version of a sleazy politician.

Perhaps Gov. Newsom is just once again attempting to deflect and distract from his own extremely serious problems in California.

While Gov. Newsom throws punches at Red State governors, and obsesses with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, here is a sampling of the mess Newsom has made in California:

  • California is home to one-third of the nations’ welfare recipients and has the highest poverty;
  • Our failing schools now rank 48th in the country;
  • California lawmakers can’t build new homes or apartments for less than $800,000 each (luxury level costs);
  • The governor and lawmakers can’t figure out what to do with several hundred thousand drug-addicted, mentally ill homeless vagrants living on city streets and taking over public parks;
  • California lawmakers refuse to build additional reservoirs for water storage in a state in which drought conditions are historically normal, and now has a regular wildfire “season;”
  • California lawmakers and governor mandated all electric vehicles within a few years, but can’t keep the power on during heat spells and winter storms;
  • Lawmakers authorized more than $25 million worth of taxpayer-funded guaranteed income to some individuals in the state, but can’t really tell you why.
  • Proposed $800 billion in reparations payments to African-Americans, despite that California was never a slave state.
  • California has a $34 billion deficit—and it’s growing.
  • The state’s $100+ billion high-speed rail project is mostly dormant.
  • California has the highest income tax rates in the nation.
  • California also has the highest sales taxes, electricity rates, gas taxes in the country.

And as Victor Davis Hanson just wrote at American Greatness:

“Crime, homelessness, and medieval decay characterize the once great downtowns of San Francisco and Los Angeles. It is now not safe to walk alone in any major California city after dark.”

“Shoplifting and smash-and-grab theft are no longer treated as real crimes. The result is the mass flight of brand stores from our downtowns and inner cities, with all the accustomed cries of “racism,” even as racist public prosecutors pick and choose whether to indict the arrested on the basis of race.

“California infrastructure, once the best in the county, is now among the worst. Decaying and crowded freeways, inadequate water storage, and pot-holed streets are the new norm. Once robust gas, oil, mining, and timber industries are nearly inert.”

And Gov. Newsom uses Twitter to try to gin up racial and gender bigotry – a thin pretense for his own deficient record. We expect this hyperbole and drivel from Senator Wiener, but the governor, who wants to be President, is showing just how empty his suit is.

*Target loses $9B in week following boycott calls over LGBTQ-friendly kids clothing, the New York Post is reporting.

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16 thoughts on “Gov. Newsom Resorts to Hyperbole and Hysteria on Target’s PRIDE Clothing Controversy

  1. 1-800-PSYCHIC says: Target will go the way of Bud Light’s Anheuser-Busch. (Idiots)
    Maybe when people’s red hot fury translates into NO CUSTOMERS Target will get the message.
    Meanwhile Twitter did an excellent job of (metaphorically) tearing Gruesome limb from limb, so that’s done. I would only add that it seems Gavin needs a cognitive screening. Would suggest a mental health one, too. Then if he fails he can give the “free” state service “CalHope” a call and schedule some treatment and therapy sessions. A-hole.

    1. P.S. By the way, that “Lizard Person” image that Dave Rubin posted was created by the wonderful and prolific street artist Sabo, I believe. Love him.

    2. CalHope, created to help the sheeple deal with the anxiety of Covid. Now it’s morphed into a shoulder for them to cry on while attempting to deal with all the problems California state government has created.
      Where does the money come from to pay for it all? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

      Like Ronald Reagan once said, “The closest thing to eternal life is a government program”.

      1. Well Ted, there are still COVID funds that the state needs to spend. Expect to see other creepy programs crop up… unless the LAO gets its way with the budget.

  2. Well if Newsom loves it so much, he should put the family in the satanic ready to wear and he and his wifey can wear matching one pieces because he now has the tuck version available.
    So, Gov. Newsom put your wardrobe where your mouth is!
    I can see it now, the cute first family of California on the cover of People wearing Target’s finest Pride fashion this side of the Mississippi!

    1. YES, why not? After all, as you say, CG, Newsom thinks so much of the new Target Pride line.

  3. Newsom is one of the World Economic Forum globalist minions and of course he’s pushing their satanic trans human agenda? It’s too bad that he has kids that will be subjected to this satanic indoctrination?

  4. state senator weiner, the drug pusher, and ‘reparations flip / flop gruesome’ call the act of withholding your purse in protest to the support of grooming indoctrination of children by some, too big to fail, corporations an act of terrorism, while ignoring the antifa / blm destruction, of the property of others, a peaceful protest.

  5. Talk about hysterics. It’s clear that Ron DeSantis has totally broken Gov. Hairdo and he is becoming more and more unhinged as the state he supposedly leads falls apart around him and residents flee by the millions. And this dude thinks he can be president? This one tweet from him shows why that will never happen as the rest of the nation thinks the dude is a complete lunatic.

  6. Meanwhile, the popular Nintendo game “Animal Crossing” should be renamed to Animal Crossdressers. If you have the game, be warned that June is the game’s gay month. A peacock shows up and hip shakes and grinds. Go see it on YouTube.

  7. When I was a kid in the 80’s, my parents bought me He-Man t-shirts – you know, the superhero guy who wore the harness and cod piece and rode around on a tiger farting rainbows. As for “Pride Adult Drag Queen” – have you ever watched old Jem and the Holograms cartoons? They made boys t-shirts for that as well. This whole thing is a psyop designed to get people divided via fake moral outrage. And most gay people are just normal people who want to be left alone – not pandered to and commodified via corporate marketing.

    1. Yes, I know it’s Newsweek, which is a mixed bag re bias these days, and thus has odd word choices such as “anti-trans activists” and what I’m sure are false assertions of “customer confrontations” in all of their writing about this issue —- but just wanted to flag that Walmart is also seemingly on board with this nonsense. When they start hemorrhaging customers and money, too, we will see clearly that it is the trans ACTIVISTS (not rank-and-file trans people) who are actually a very tiny percentage and who are the ones pushing this crap and causing all the problems. That tiny percentage of activist extremists are trying to make themselves look bigger than they are on Twitter and elsewhere. Everyday common sense people will prevail as long as they keep speaking up and voting with their feet.

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