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Politics Kasie Hunt's Analysis Slammed by Critics: 'Biggest Loser' in California Recall

15:26  15 september  2021
15:26  15 september  2021 Source:   newsweek.com

California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end

  California's Newsom votes as recall against him nears end SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom voted to keep himself in office Friday, days before the recall election against him comes to a close. The Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote. “I think we're gonna be alright," he joked. The last day to vote is Tuesday, and at least a third of California's 22 million registeredThe Democratic governor cast his ballot at an early voting center in Sacramento alongside his wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, and took a glimpse of her vote.

CNN chief national affairs analyst Kasie Hunt is facing social media backlash for her analysis of the circumstances surrounding Governor Gavin Newsom's defeat of a recall effort.

Kasie Hunt standing posing for the camera: Kasie Hunt attends the DC Special Screening Of THE FRONT RUNNER at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on October 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Hunt has faced criticism for her analysis of the California recall election. © Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for SPE, Inc Kasie Hunt attends the DC Special Screening Of THE FRONT RUNNER at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on October 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. Hunt has faced criticism for her analysis of the California recall election.

Hunt offered her views on what the unsuccessful attempt to remove the Democratic governor meant and focused her analysis on criticism of Democrats and a discussion of what the party needed to do going forward.

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This view was not well-received among Twitter users, including other journalists, who publicly criticized Hunt's take and suggested she didn't actually understand the situation in California.

Hunt's Twitter thread began: "CA GOV BIG PICTURE: One of the top Democrats in the country got caught living like an elite while everyone else suffered. Elites vs. the rest is the driving force in our politics right now and Democrats have a tough needle to thread both in California & nationwide."

"Democrats need to prove they can govern for EVERYBODY, and if you look at California -- it's not necessarily the best test case for national Democrats (see: concern about homelessness, crime, etc)," she wrote.

Hunt went on to say that the fact Newsom had to face a recall election at all and had to fight hard to win "does say a lot about the potential challenges Democrats face across the map" and linked the election to President Joe Biden and Democrats' electoral chances more broadly.

California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.

  California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time. Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.

Many social media users were left unimpressed with Hunt's analysis and some very highly critical.

Ian Millhiser, senior correspondent at Vox, tweeted that "we can all agree that Kasie Hunt is the biggest loser in the California recall."

Elie Mystal, justice correspondent at The Nation, made a similar comment about Hunt.

"Larry Elder: I lost on California recall election night. Kasie Hunt: Hold my beer," Mystal tweeted.

Singer John Legend responded to Hunt's thread directly, writing: "He faced a recall because it's ridiculously easy to start a recall in California. He won in a landslide that probably won't reflect much erosion from his last election, if any. This analysis seems to be ignoring these very salient points."

California recall reality: Newsom could be replaced by candidate with far fewer votes

  California recall reality: Newsom could be replaced by candidate with far fewer votes Legal scholars say courts would uphold California's recall law, even if an incumbent were replaced by someone with fewer ballots.Although it's impossible to predict how courts will rule, many experts say the current recall process has long survived legal challenges, and probably would again, even if a fringe candidate won on Sept. 14 and became governor with a minority of overall votes.

Miranda Yaver, a political science professor at Oberlin College, retweeted Hunt and pointed to California's recall election process, which has become the focus of renewed attention and criticism.

"CA GOV BIG PICTURE for Kasie Hunt: CA has a backwards recall process allowing a large but vocal minority to waste a colossal amount of time and money opposing common sense public health measures while mimicking the bigoted prez who lost the state by a commanding margin last fall," Yaver said.

TV writer Steve Marmel, who worked on shows including The Fairly OddParents and I Am Weasel, tweeted: "Tonight's lesson for Democrats: Don't negotiate with traitors and regressives... push back hard. Despite what Kasie Hunt has to say."

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's recall on Tuesday will be the biggest election since Joe Biden became president, and its results may hint at the political trajectory of the country. In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is seen as having the upper hand in his bid to fend off the GOP-fueled recall. Republican talk show host Larry Elder is the leading Republican replacement. But California'sIn a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom is seen as having the upper hand in his bid to fend off the GOP-fueled recall. Republican talk show host Larry Elder is the leading Republican replacement.

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