Calif. Gov. Attacks New Speaker

( – Far-left Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom of California has wasted no time attacking the new House Speaker, Mike Johnson, seemingly agitated by Johnson’s call for prayer – and he did so while grinning and shaking hands with Communist China leader Xi Jinping in Beijing.

On Thursday, Johnson (R-LA) urged the nation to resort to prayer in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Maine, which claimed at least 18 lives Wednesday night.

In an X post the same day, Newsom critiqued the newly elected House speaker for saying that prayer was an appropriate response to the tragedy in Maine.

“The new speaker’s suggestion is we simply pray away the gun violence. That’s it,” Newsom wrote.

His post featured a video clip from Johnson’s interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity in which the speaker rejects calls for new anti-Second Amendment rights laws.

“This is not the time to be talking about legislation, we’re in the middle of that crisis right now!” the speaker told Hannity.

Johnson is known for his staunch support of gun rights and has historically opposed gun control legislation, The Washington Times notes in a report.

Just as he was attacking the new Republican speaker of the US House of Representatives over social media, California’s Governor Newsom was in Beijing, the capital of Communist China, shaking hands with controversial Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

The Times points out that Newsom is considering a presidential bid even as President Joe Biden remains the presumptive 2024 Democratic Party nominee.

In another X post, California’s governor slammed Republican legislators in Maine for recently rejecting legislation that would have imposed a 72-hour waiting period for gun purchases.

This legislative proposal in Maine had been defeated earlier in the year, with the Republican-led opposition in the state legislature dismissing the need for a waiting period for firearm purchases.

The impact of such a waiting period on the latest shooting incident remains uncertain, the report notes.

Newsom also lamented the lack of more stringent gun regulations in Maine, noting the state’s absence of laws banning assault weapons, requiring permits for public gun carrying, or mandating background checks on all gun sales.

He called for a constitutional amendment to abolish the Second Amendment’s protection of the right to bear arms.