(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) California Gov. Gavin Newsom posted an anti-American cartoon on Memorial Day, as others decorated the graves of fallen soldiers and remembered the Americans who died defending their country.
The cartoon depicted a young boy standing on a step ladder, stretching to reach books on a shelf. To the youth’s left was a corner of a desk, upon which sat a miniature American flag and a pencil holder labeled “USA.” To his right were five unlocked firearms (including three handguns, a scoped rifle and an unscoped rifle) hung on the wall.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) May 29, 2023
Newsom posted the tweet without a caption at 9 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday.
One Twitter user, Mostly Peaceful Memes, pointed out that Newsom hadn’t mentioned Memorial Day.
“This is a weird thing to post on Memorial Day,” the anonymous account wrote.
Another Twitter user, Shawn Quinn, slammed Newsom for his attack on American imagery on Memorial Day.
“Gavin doesn’t have anything to say on Memorial Day about the brave US warriors who sacrificed all for our freedom,” Quinn wrote, pointing out the Governor’s failure to post about Memorial Day. “He’d rather admonish his political opposition because he only thinks of himself.”
Another Twitter user, Voltaire’s Ghost, was unsure about the meaning of the meme: “What does this even mean?”
The tweeted cartoon could also be interpreted as an attack on American conservatives, according to Twitchy.
After taking heat for nearly three hours regarding his lack of a Memorial Day message, Newsom did retweet his office’s Twitter account acknowledging Memorial Day.
On Memorial Day, we remember and honor the courageous men and women who laid down their lives to protect our cherished freedoms and way of life.
In memory of those we have lost, flags will be flown at half-staff on all state buildings and grounds.https://t.co/KdcfKUu3mi
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) May 29, 2023
One Twitter user, Karen Lott, noted that this post wasn’t even in Newsom’s words.
“Wheres gavins [sic] words about memorial day Just a retweet,” she wrote.
There was a statement about Memorial Day signed by Newsom attached to the tweet.