Gavin Newsom Pounces on Trump Indictment With PAC Fundraising

Simply minutes after information unfold of Donald Trump’s historic indictment, California Gov. Gavin Newsom seized on the second Thursday by sending out donation requests to “battle” different possible Republican nominees in subsequent yr’s presidential race.

Newsom, who’s extensively rumored to be contemplating an eventual run for president, despatched out a textual content blast Thursday afternoon asking for donations to a brand new political motion committee (PAC) referred to as Marketing campaign for Democracy. 

The message notably didn’t say Newsom is working for president or point out Trump, however as a substitute urged he intends to focus on “statehouses, native communities and electoral battlegrounds.” Newsom particularly took intention at Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, saying he intends to “take the battle” to the Republican governors. 

“All throughout the nation rights are being rolled again in real-time by Republicans,” Newsom’s textual content message says. “They cry ‘freedom’ however work extra time to dismantle our democracy to guard their energy to dictate the alternatives individuals are allowed to make.”

He added, “I’m going to flip that narrative on its head.”

The indictment of Trump on Thursday is unprecedented, as no former U.S. president has ever been charged with against the law. Whereas some have speculated that Trump will be capable to body an indictment as politically motivated, different political observers imagine that it’s going to possible damage him quite than serve to rally his base.

Newsom, the 55-year-old former mayor of San Francisco, has redirected hundreds of thousands of {dollars} raised to battle his 2021 recall election into advertisements concentrating on Republican governors and legislators final yr. Many interpreted these advertisements as a sign that Newsom—who was simply re-elected as governor final yr—created the advertisements to construct a bigger nationwide fame forward of a presidential run.

POLITICO reported that Newsom has poured $10 million into the brand new PAC to fund advertisements and political operations for the 2024 elections, and a report by the Chronicle mentioned that Newsom and his household will participate in a “listening tour” of crimson states this week and subsequent.

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