Biden lands in Idaho on first stop of his two-day West Coast tour: President meets fire officials in Boise to discuss devastating wildfires before heading to California to unite with Governor Newsom
- President Joe Biden arrived in Boise, Idaho on Monday for the first stop on his two-day West Coast swing—his first as president
- Biden will meet with federal and state fire officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise before investigating fire damage in Sacramento
- He then travels to Long Beach, California, where he will give a boost to California Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden arrived in Boise, Idaho on Monday for the first stop on his two-day West Coast swing—his first as president.
Biden will meet with federal and state fire officials at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise before investigating fire damage in Sacramento.
He then travels to Long Beach, California, where he will boost California Governor Gavin Newsom, who faces a recall election on Tuesday.
President Joe Biden (right) arrives in Boise, Idaho and greets Mayor Lauren McLean (left)
Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre kept quiet about Air Force One, refusing to view Biden’s message at Monday night’s meeting, saying it is a political event and not one organized by the US government.
Other top Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris and Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobuchar, have already made the trek west to hobble to Newsom, encouraging Democrats not to allow a “Trump Republican” into the California governor’s mansion.
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump set the table to contest the election, pointing to the use of mailed ballots in California.
“Does anyone really believe that the California Recall elections were not rigged? Millions upon millions of Mail-In Ballots will just make this another gigantic election scam, no different, but less blatant, than the 2020 presidential election!’ Trump said in a statement Monday.
California is the largest blue state in the country.
In 2020, Biden won the state over Trump by 29.2 points and more than 5 million votes.
However, the state has recalled a Democratic governor once in the past and replaced it with a Republican.
In 2003, Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and replaced by actor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Recent polls show Newsom is breaking away from the threat of being replaced by a Republican.
The Compilation of Polls from FiveThirtyEight.com showed on Monday that 57.5 percent of California voters wanted Newsom to remain in office, while 40.8 percent planned to vote for his removal.
A month ago, the polls were pretty much even among Californians who planned to vote “no” to the recall, which could allow the Democrat to stay, and those who planned to vote “yes” to oust him.
The second recall vote question asks Californians to pick a Newsom replacement.
The best choice remains conservative radio host Larry Elder.