Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom is reportedly vacationing in Montana, despite the state being banned from taxpayer-funded trips, according to CalMatters.
“@GavinNewsom is on vacation in Montana. His office had been loath to disclose the location until now,” CalMatters reporter Emily Hoeven tweeted Tuesday night.
“Montana is one of 22 states to which CA bans state-funded travel due to anti-LGBTQ+ policies. It’s also likely to institute an abortion ban.”
SCOOP: @GavinNewsom is on vacation in Montana. His office had been loath to disclose the location until now.
Montana is one of 22 states to which CA bans state-funded travel due to anti-LGBTQ+ policies. It’s also likely to institute an abortion ban.
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— Emily Hoeven (@emily_hoeven) July 6, 2022
This invites the obvious question: Were any taxpayer funds used for this trip, even for basic security for the governor? If Democrats in the state are so bothered by going to these states in an official capacity, then they should not go to them on vacations either. By setting impossible standards, state officials are bound to be set up in situations like this too.
It’s okay for states to disagree on how they approach issues, but it is arguably excessive to flat-out ban state-funded travel to these places. In a country that is suffering from political polarization, California is leading the way in being divisive and hostile toward the rest of the nation.
Newsom has a record of not informing the media where he is traveling. RedState reported in 2021 that he was seen at a Getty family wedding after not being in the public eye for weeks.
I wonder if the governor will be airing television ads in Montana soon to match his anger toward Florida.