Gavin Newsom Offers Somber Response To George Floyd Death

Doug Sovern
May 29, 2020 - 6:31 pm

    An emotional Governor Newsom briefly set aside the coronavirus crisis today to talk frankly about race relations in the death of George Floyd.  Newsom waved of President Trump’s continued attacks on California’s election process as a side-show and distraction. Speaking unscripted, Newsom spoke passionately about the George Floyd case, and about how watching that video unnerved his young children. 

    “Four young kids trying to come to grips with what millions of Americans are trying to come to grips with,” said Newsom who included himself in that group. He said it’s long past time for America to wake up to the realities of racial injustice.

    “It seemingly just doesn’t end, when will it end?” asked Newsom.

    He said diverse California has come a long way, but there’s so much more to do to address racial inequality. He urged Californians who come out to protest, do so peacefully.

    “I pray that all of us that want to express ourselves do so thoughtfully and gently, but forcefully in terms of expressing themselves, as they should and they must,” said Newsom.

    Newsom also announced further acceleration into phase 3 of the state’s reopening from the coronavirus pandemic, empowering each county to make its own decision based on looser state guidelines.

    “Local decision making, based on local conditions, at a pace that’s appropriate to the local needs,” said Newsom who said it would also be subject to revision by the state if there is a dangerous spike in cases. The Governor refused once more to engage with President Trump, saying his tweets about California’s plan to expand voting by mail and his fight with Twitter are a sideshow not as pressing as race relations and public health.