California Governor Gavin Newsom attacks Trump in inaugural address

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom tore the Trump administration and its policies apart in his inaugural address Monday while attacking the president Donald trump himself, without mentioning it.

“Here in California, we will prove that people of good faith and strong will can always come together to achieve great things,” Newsom said. “We will offer an alternative to the corruption and incompetence of the White House. Our government will be progressive, principled and always on the side of the people.”

He also spoke about the state opposing Washington’s policies on everything from the environment, immigration and LGBT rights to women’s access to reproduction. Newsom and Trump have traded beards in the past and last week the California politician blasted the president’s threat to close the southern border as “irresponsible, irrational and absurd.”

Newsom, 51, is the 40th governor of the Golden State and succeeds Jerry Brown, a Democrat who served four terms as governor and who has also fought with Trump on a wide range of issues, including climate change and immigration. At the start of his remarks, Newsom thanked the Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., But then added that “there is an administration in Washington that is clearly hostile to California values ​​and California interests.”

Prior to becoming governor, Newsom was lieutenant governor of the state and before him mayor of San Francisco. Newsom made his mark early on as mayor, ordering the city-county clerk in February 2004 to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

“So 15 years ago when I was the new mayor and heard politicians in Washington mock ‘California values’ and attack our LGBTQ community, I remembered what my dad taught me. : ‘Now is never a bad time to do the right thing.’ And that’s what we’ve done.”

Newsom continued, “Just like 15 years ago, now is the time for courage. We will stand up for what is right and we will stand up for our people. My commitment to every Californian is this: No matter what happens to us, j ‘will have your back. “

The new governor called the country’s most populous state “a giant trade engine – the most creative and enterprising in the world.” He also sought to pit the values ​​of the Blue State against division elsewhere in the country.

“At a time when much of America is divided, we are united,” Newsom said. “Our people have a big heart [and] impartial, and these qualities are more vital than ever. “

Newsom won the elections in November with a margin of victory of more than 20 percentage points against Republican John Cox, a businessman Trump endorsed.

“I intend to represent all Californians, not just those who voted for me,” Newsom said.

The Democrat said the federal government has taken children away from their parents at the border as well as children “left hungry as politicians seek to pour billions into a wall that should never be built.” Newsom also recalled a recent visit to San Diego where he met volunteers providing aid “to desperate migrants whom others treat as criminals.”

At the same time, Newsom pledged to do more to help children in its own administration. “We will support parents so that they can give their children the love and care they need … especially in these critical early years of life,” he said.

Newsom has also attacked drug companies for “outrageous prices” as well as “a gun lobby that is willing to sacrifice the lives of our children to line their pockets.” He also slammed polluters and payday lenders for what he said fell prey to “our most vulnerable” and vowed “that we have the power to stand up to them – and we will.”

California is experiencing “a booming economy,” but Newsom said it still faces “serious challenges – some that have been postponed too long.” He cited “a divide between the rich and everyone” as well as a homeless crisis and “an achievement gap in our schools and a preparation gap that is holding back millions of our children.”

According to Newsom, “These are not just political issues. They are moral imperatives.”

There was a brief moment of levity during the speech as Newsom’s 2 year old son Dutch took the stage with a pacifier in his mouth during his father’s speech. Newsom and his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, have four young children.

Newsom campaigned for the governorship with ambitious plans for everything from single-payer health care and affordable housing to child poverty and a universal kindergarten. The promises raised concerns about costs groups of taxpayers even before Newsom took the reins on Monday.

“In our home, every person should have access to quality and affordable health care,” Newsom said. “Distant judges and politicians can set back our progress. But we will never falter in our quest for guaranteed health care for all Californians.”

After taking office on Monday, Newsom signed a “nation’s first order to create the largest single buyer of prescription drugs,” according to a Press release issued by his office. He also proposed for his first budget to bring the state closer to healthcare for all, in particular by offering coverage to undocumented young people through Medi-Cal.

Newsom also pledged Monday to launch “a Marshall Plan for affordable housing” as well as to elevate “the fight against homelessness from a local matter to a statewide mission.” California has about 12 percent of the U.S. population, but about a quarter of the country’s homeless population.

Meanwhile, Brown spent the last few years in the governorship push the budget restriction and the need for state lawmakers and the next governor to spend more money for the next economic downturn. Newsom takes office as governor of California – the world’s fifth largest economy – with about $ 14 billion in the state’s rainy day fund and several billion in surplus.

“We will prepare for the uncertain times ahead,” Newsom said. “We will be prudent stewards of taxpayer dollars, paying down debt and meeting our future obligations. And we will create and protect the largest tax reserve of any state in American history.”

Still, Newsom quickly added: “But I want to be clear. We will be bold. We will work like hell to make it happen.”

Newsom also repeated the theme of “courage” in his campaign for governor. “I know courage is a word that means different things to different people. But for me, courage means doing the right thing even when it is difficult. That will be the fundamental mission of our administration.”

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