By Ken Stone
Emcee Dan Summers of Ramona set the tone Sunday when he said: “If you hold a rally to recall a Marxist tyrant, you draw a crowd.”
The outdoor audience of 200 — many sporting Trump signage or flags and almost none wearing masks — had no argument with that as speaker after speaker denounced Gov. Gavin Newsom and urged people to sign recall petitions at booths outside the County Administration Building.But with nearly 1.5 million signatures of registered voters to gather, the first major rally of the third campaign to oust the Democratic governor had a challenge ahead.
Still, Mike Netter of the organizing board called for 2 million signatures — just to be safe. He argued it was doable — since 2 million represented 40% of what he called “conservative votes” in the 2018 governor race.
(Newsom defeated Rancho Santa Fe’s John H. Cox 7,721,410 to 4,742,825, or 61.9% to 38.1%.)
In a singsong voice, Netter imitated being told: “California is so liberal, maybe we should move out of the state.” He responded: “Screw that. THEY can move.”
Steve Frank, a key proponent of the property-tax limiting Proposition 13 of 1978, saluted the maskless audience (where one sign said: Masks = Muzzles.)
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“People are shoulder-to-shoulder, no masks, because we are free!” he said. “Lockdowns are for criminals, not honest citizens.”
With so-called “Three Percenters” and Patriot Security watching over the afternoon event (along with a handful of sheriff’s deputies), the rally drew on local grievances as well.
Summers, the emcee, was confident enough to say that after Newsom is recalled (and an election held for his replacement), “let’s recall (county Supervisor) Nathan Fletcher.”
He urged the audience to support law enforcement by giving them a smile and thumbs up when they pass in public.
“Let’s start that tradition here and (spread it) across the nation,” said Summers, introduced as a local conservative activist for four decades.
He joined the Newsom-bashing party by saying: “Today we are fighting a tyrannical oppressive government in Sacramento.”
Not to be outdone was singer-songwriter Joy Villa, known for her Trump-celebrating garb at recent Grammy Awards.
She mocked Hollywood liberals and referred to the state as Commie-fornia.
“Hollywood, they are not woke. They are still sleeping,” said Villa, wearing a “1776 Forever Free” sleeveless shirt. “They’re still pushing that same agenda … since the 1960s: Get rid of God, get rid of family, get rid of real education — and start with indoctrination — am I right?”
Villa says people in other states ask her: “How the hell can you live in California?” Her answer: “Oh my God, I don’t know. I take my vitamins. I say a lot of prayers. I do a lot of yoga.”
She pivoted to coronavirus coverage.
“They keep saying the numbers are rising on COVID, but the deaths are going down,” Villa said. “Weird.”
Netter said: “It’s not hard to recall the governor of California if we get the word out,” not mentioning two failed recalls this year.
He asked rhetorically why the website is called RecallGavin2020.com (and not 2021).
“We’re optimistic,” he said.
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