California Gov. Gavin Newsom addressed the divisions in the country as he reflected on his campaign efforts to defeat the gubernatorial recall, describing democracy like an "antique vase."
"You can drop it and smash it in a million different pieces. And that's what we're capable of doing if we don't stand up to meet the moment and push back," Newsom said during his remarks from Sacramento.
He continued: "I said this many, many times on the campaign trail. You know, we may have defeated Trump, but Trumpism is not dead in this country. The big lie. The January 6th insurrection. All the voting suppression efforts that are happening all across this country. What's happening, the assault on fundamental rights, constitutionally protected rights of women and girls. It's a remarkable moment in our nation's history."
Newsom ended his remarks by paying homage to the late Robert Kennedy, who he described as his "political hero."
"But I'm reminded of something, I don't know, a few decades ago, someone told me when describing a difficult and challenging moment. Said the 'The world is too small, our time is too short, and our wisdom is too limited to win fleeting victories at other people's expenses.' And he went on to say 'We must all triumph together.' So in that spirit of recognizing and reconciling this moment and trying to understand what's going on not just here in the state but all across the United States of America, I just want to say this; tonight I'm humbled, grateful, but resolved in the spirit of my political hero, Robert Kennedy, to make more gentle the life of this world. Thank you all very much, and thank you to 40 million Americans, 40 million Californians, and thank you for rejecting this recall," he said.