In a news item conveniently overlooked by the liberal media, California Gov. Jerry Brown is having a “basket of deplorables” moment among his state’s conservatives.
As reported by The Washington Times, the Democratic governor earlier this month described taxpayers who opposed his newly signed $52.4 billion transportation and infrastructure funding package, which hikes the gas tax by 12 cents a gallon, as “freeloaders.”
“The freeloaders — I’ve had enough of them,” Mr. Brown told The Orange County Register on May 12. “They have a president that doesn’t tell the truth, and they’re following suit.”
This is coming from the governor of a state whose “freeloading” taxpayers recently footed the bill for Shiloh Heavenly Quine, a 57-year-old convicted murderer, to receive sex-reassignment surgery while serving out a life sentence behind bars.
This is coming from the same governor who last year vetoed legislation that would have fully repaid local agencies for costs incurred in responding to the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
I guess he’s fiscally conservative in some areas.
As first noted by Newsbusters and confirmed by this blogger, no major news outlets or wire services have reported on Mr. Brown’s derogatory comments toward Trump supporters. They apparently learned their lesson from reporting on Hillary Clinton’s “deplorables” remark, which has often been described as one of the former Democratic presidential nominee’s more devastating blows to her failed campaign.
But the agenda-driven silence doesn’t mean constituents are staying quiet.
John Kobylt, co-host of “The John and Ken Show” on KFI-AM in Los Angeles, and Carl DeMaio of KOGO-AM in San Diego are leading an effort to recall Democratic state Sen. Josh Newman over his vote in favor of the tax hike in an effort to eliminate the Democratic supermajority, The Washington Times’ Valerie Richardson reported.
“When Jerry Brown says we’re a bunch of freeloaders, he obviously has not looked at his own social policies that allow people to get welfare without having requirements for work,” Mr. DeMaio said. “And, of course, don’t get me started about the largesse of the pension benefits and pay for government employees.”
Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen, who said he supports the Newman recall, has also proposed a statewide ballot measure that would repeal the transportation package, which needs 365,880 signatures to qualify for the November 2018 ballot.
A cocky Mr. Brown told the Republican to “go for it,” during his interview with The County Register.
“Make my day,” he said. “Maybe people like gravel roads, but I don’t think so.”