In a fiery speech, Governor Gavin Newsom of California lashed out at congressional Republicans, accusing them of perpetuating fraud on the issue of illegal immigration at the southern border. Newsom slammed Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for allegedly expressing doubts about tying a border package to aid for Ukraine. He ridiculed Republicans for allegedly prioritizing former President Donald Trump’s 2024 campaign over addressing immigration.
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Newsom didn’t hold back as he described Republicans as “completely rolling over and capitulating” and criticized the weakness of the current speaker of the House. He claimed that Republicans don’t want a deal and accused them of perpetuating fraud on the issue of the border.
While McConnell reportedly pushed back on initial reports of his statements and emphasized his commitment to making a deal on border security and Ukraine aid, Newsom stood by his criticisms. As a self-proclaimed “border state governor,” he declared that no one needs to introduce him to the issue and accused Republicans of being “pathetically weak” for allegedly following orders from Trump to delay addressing the border.
To Newsom, the actions of Republicans send a clear message that they prioritize politics over the American people, which he finds shameful and exclusive to winning for winning’s sake. Newsom’s passionate words reflect his staunch belief in the urgency of addressing immigration issues and his frustration with what he perceives as Republican obstructionism.