U.S. President Joe Biden spoke at a rally in the US state of California, urging voters to support Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom, who is facing early retirement. In the process, he recalled his rivalry with Donald Trump in the 2020 elections.
“The reason why I and all of you are here is to thank and support our friend, Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the best governors in the country,” Biden said at the rally, broadcast by FOX 11 Los Angeles.
The President added that the decision that the residents of California should make would affect not only the United States but also the world as a whole.
“And here’s why. You all know that last year I had to compete in the elections with the real Donald Trump,” Biden added, after which he crossed himself according to the Catholic model. His gesture provoked laughter and cheers from the audience.
At the same time, the president expressed the opinion that the rival of the California governor Elder is a “clone of Donald Trump.” Californians must make a choice, Biden stressed: “either leave Gavin Newsom as governor, or you will get Donald Trump.”
Earlier, the New York Times reported that Biden intends to support the governor of California. On September 14, Newsom will have to fight to retain the post of governor in early elections. The presence of the U.S. president is designed to mobilize Democrats in the most populous state of the country, the newspaper wrote.
Newsom’s political opponents express dissatisfaction with the sanitary measures introduced by the governor in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. Critics believe that they are too strict and hinder the recovery of the state’s economy. In 2020, Newsom’s opponents again raised the question of holding a vote on his possible resignation.
According to the American media, there are more Democrats in California than Republicans, and recent polls show that most voters are not ready to vote for the early resignation of the governor.