Newsom vanished from anti-Jan. 6 march half-way to Capitol

Gov. Gavin Newsom trumpeted a ‘March for Democracy’ to combat the Jan. 6 riots ahead of his inauguration. He left the march early.

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s second inauguration ceremony kicked off with a ‘March for Democracy’ across Sacramento’s Tower Bridge and toward the California State Capitol to coincide with the second anniversary of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

The only issue? Newsom, who led the initial jaunt with his family, was whisked away from the march half-way and barred local reporters from asking questions.


Go deeper: California’s Capitol press corps, often deferential to Newsom’s political stagecraft, decried the vanishing act by the Guv.

  • “Governor’s press office and campaign largely focused on keeping the media away from this media stunt of a march to kick of Newsom’s second inaugural, including threats that we would be blocked from attending the speech,” tweeted CalMatters reporter Alexei Koseff.
  • The move was pilloried by Capitol reporters, including television crews scanning via helicopter.

The big picture: Newsom, who publicly swore-off a 2024 bid for President after Democrats’ surprisingly strong showing nationally during the 2022 midterms, continued to leverage California’s liberal progress as a blueprint for the nation.

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