Trump falsely calls recall 'rigged' on election day. Why did he stay out of Newsom race?

Gillian Brassil and David Lightman, The Sacramento Bee on

Published in Political News

In Congress, he’s generally backing incumbents. But he’s also behind Kelly Tshibaka of Alaska, a Republican trying to oust fellow Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Harriet Hageman, who’s seeking to defeat fellow Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming.

Republicans need a net gain of five House seats and one Senate seat to win control of Congress.

“Mr. Trump is focusing on the swing states as he charts his path to return to the presidency in 2025,” said Chris Mathys, who is running for Congress in California’s 21st district against incumbent Republican Rep. David Valadao in 2022 and went to the Trump National Doral resort in Florida in April.

Dan Schnur, a former chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, said that Trump benefits from reminding his base that he feels that the 2020 election was stolen from him, and said that the former president is less concerned on whether or not Newsom is recalled.

He added the distance Trump kept from the recall was in line with most high-profile Republican politicians.

“Where are the 2024 candidates?” Schnur asked of potential GOP presidential candidates, such as former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Tom Cotton. “We were assuming we would have been seeing all sorts of presidential candidates, but they have kept a distance.”



Part of Trump’s argument on the recall on Tuesday returned to an old shtick regarding endangered fish and water access, issues highly contested in the Central Valley.

“The place is so Rigged, however, that a guy who can’t even bring water into their State, which I got federal approval to do (that is the hard part), will probably win,” he said of Newsom. “Billions of gallons of water coming to California from the North is being sent out to sea, rather than being spread throughout the State. This is to protect the tiny delta smelt, which is doing far worse now without the water.”

Delta smelt are small fish that are on the verge of going extinct. Some water pumps are often throttled or shut off to prevent smelt from getting sucked in. In these cases, water set for central and southern areas flows out to the Pacific Ocean.


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