Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Newsom Vacations in Montana Despite His State’s Travel Ban

'If you’re going to do dumb things like state travel bans you better follow through... '

(Headline USA) California Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom recently vacationed in Montana despite his own ban on all taxpayer-funded travel to the “anti-LGBTQ” state.

Montana is one of 22 states that California banned state-funded travel to over their LGBT-related laws. Yet on July 1, Newsom left for vacation in Montana, announcing that Lt. Gov. Eleni Kounalakis would be in charge while he was off, reported the New York Post.

Newsom’s office insisted the vacation was not an example of inconsistency because he didn’t use taxpayer funds to pay for the trip.

“The travel ban applies to using state funds. The Governor’s travel is not being paid by the state. Connecting the two is an attempt at gotcha journalism that is neither gotcha nor journalism,” Newsom’s senior communications adviser, Anthony York, said in a statement on Twitter.

Newsom’s communications director, Erin Mellon, reiterated that the ban only applies to “expending state funds.”

“The Governor’s travel not being paid for by the state,” Mellon said. “Connecting the two is irresponsible and falsely implies there is something untoward. This is a personal trip to visit family who live outside the state.”

Even if Newsom’s vacation wasn’t funded by taxpayers, it is still hypocritical considering Newsom just ran an advertisement urging people to leave red states such as Montana, said California Republican Harmeet Dhillon.

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