- Gavin Newsom called out Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other GOP governors at Tuesday’s event.
- “They’re just doubling down on nonsense, and we’re not going to follow their lead,” Newsom said.
- Newsom has also clashed with conservative governors like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom had harsh words for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his fellow GOP governors on Tuesday.
“Those conservative governors out there, Greg Abbott and others, they’re as stupid as they want to be,” Newsom quipped at an event for the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. “And they’re just doubling down on nonsense, and we’re not going to follow their lead.”
Abbott and his conservative ally, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, made headlines last week for transporting migrants from Texas to protest President Joe Biden’s border policies.
Abbott played a major role in moving migrants from the border to places like Washington, DC, and New York City. NPR in August, more than 6,100 migrants were recorded who were sent from the border to other countries.
In a high-profile stunt, two planes carrying migrants were flown from Texas to Martha’s Vineyard, a well-known Democratic enclave. DeSantis’ office claimed responsibility for the act, and the affected migrants filed a federal lawsuit against the Florida governor, alleging they were part of a “premeditated, fraudulent and illegal scheme.”
Speculation swirled about that Newsom he could run for president in 2024. Tuesday’s salvo by California’s governor appeared to be the last ua a long-standing feud between him and DeSantis, a possible Republican rival in the next race for the White House.
Newsom challenged DeSantis to a CNN debate last week, saying, “I’ll bring my hair gel. You bring your hairspray.” California’s governor also wrote to the Justice Department asking it to investigate whether the 50 migrants who flew to Martha’s Vineyard were lured there by false promises of employment.
Meanwhile, DeSantis attacked Newsom in July for running ads in Florida luring residents to move to California. In April, Newsom made a promise donate $100,000 DeSantis’ Democratic opponent, Charlie Crist.
Newsom, however, maintained that he is not currently planning to run for president.
“I tried to say ‘no, no way’ every way I could,” Newsom previously stated Fox LA anchor Elex Michaelson commenting on the possibility of running for president.