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Opinion | The GOP’s recall disaster in California is a boon for Democrats

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Newsom was also indignant about the disgraced former president and the state Republicans who, before the votes were counted, rekindled the GOP’s 2020 lie that the vote was “rigged.” Newsom declared that “democracy is not a football.” He continued, “You don’t throw it around. It’s more like, I don’t know, an antique vase. You can drop it, smash it in a million different pieces. And that’s what we’re capable of doing if we don’t stand up to meet the moment and push back.” He warned, “We may have defeated [former president Donald] Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country.” Fortunately, Newsom’s Republican opponent, the Trumpist Larry Elder, instructed his supporters to be “gracious in defeat.”





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