Troubled California Gov. Gavin Newsom has joined with several Democrats in his state legislature to try to give $16.7 million in taxpayer money to Afghan refugees.
KCRA reports that he wants the money to show that California “stands ready to assist those in need” as thousands of residents of Afghanistan have fled the new rule of the Taliban.
That terror organization took over the nation when President Joe Biden abruptly pulled American military personnel out, leaving behind possibly hundreds of Americans and thousands of Afghanis who helped the U.S. over the last 20 years.
Also left behind was a stockpile of war machinery estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars.
Newsom said his state celebrates diversity, and he and Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon want the money for resettlement efforts.
The legislature in California, like the governor’s office, is run by Democrats.
Newsom said the money would be handed out in cash to refugees.
A report at CalMatters said an election for voters to decide whether to recall Newsom or not is only a week away, and analysts believe Newsom will prevail.
“But he should reflect on what got him into trouble,” the report said. A race that first appeared too close to call has, polls suggest, turned toward Newsom because of the Democrat’s campaign to brand the leading competitor, talk-show host Larry Elder, as radical.
Newsom’s supporters have been concerned enough that they recruited Kamala Harris and Joe Biden to come and endorse Newsom’s cause.
The CalMatters report explained, “To many, Newsom came across as elitist, egomaniacal and hypocritical – and his lengthy internet monologues about the pandemic, his eagerness to suspend usual procedures and laws, his boasts about how well the state was managing the disease, and the evident unfairness of some of his decrees grated on many Californians.”
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