2nd term: Newsom of California draws ‘battle lines’ with Republican Party

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom may have just won a campaign victory, but he sounded like a politician ready for battle Friday when he presented his state as a beacon of freedom amid what he called “the rising wave of oppression” in the Republican states.

“The line of battle, they are drawn. I’ll say this: once again, it’s time for a choice,” Newsom said during his inaugural address before the State Capitol as he begins his second and final term as head of the nation’s largest Democratic stronghold.

Although he did not name names, Newsom’s goals were clear as he denounced “little people in big offices”.

He chose January 6 for his inauguration ceremony to mark the second anniversary of the violent attack by supporters of then President Donald Trump on the US Capitol, and he spent the past year denouncing Republican governments. Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas. At one point, he named politicians who “demonize Mickey Mouse”, referring to Florida’s ongoing battles with Disney.

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