Gavin Newsom, the current governor of California, is the kind of person who should be kept as far from the reins of power as possible. His life and career are marked by selfish ambition, adultery, lying, and even matricide. He’s the kind of man who cheats on his then-wife, Kimberly Guilfoyle—now the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr—with a staffer, his close friend’s wife. Then, when both their marriages collapse, he “dates” a 19 year old, letting her drink at fancy galas. And now remarried, multiple papers are alleging “the worst-kept secret” in town is Newsom’s “multiple alleged extra-marital affairs” during the COVID-19 shutdowns, including again with staff.
Newsom has repeatedly displayed a habit of seeing people—especially women—as tools to be simply used and discarded. His treatment of his mother is the saddest example of this. This may come as a shock to many, but by the ethical standards that Catholics profess to hold, and likely by the laws of California at the time, Gavin Newsom murdered his mother, Tessa Newsom, by helping her commit suicide.
In 2002, California did not have any legal allowance for euthanasia in state statute. That was passed much later, in 2016’s “End of Life Option Act.” Likely, euthanasia was treated at the time like many other laws that Leftists find inconvenient—for example federal drug and immigration laws—and simply not enforced.
But, the state statutes describe murder as “the unlawful killing of a human being, or a fetus, with malice aforethought.” Malice aforethought is legal jargon that is meant to establish mens rea, or the mental state and intent of the person committing the act. For this to be shown, the person has to intend to deliberately harm a person (express malice) or be at least indifferent to the harm that the act may cause (implied malice). It seems clear that he knew these pills would cause enough harm to kill her, even if he thought this harm was for her own good.
Not satisfied in bringing this evil on his own family, this month Newsom signed a bill to make sure Californians can do the same without any pesky delays. As one CBS San Francisco article puts it, the bill he signed “streamlines” assisted suicide by replacing the 15-day waiting period with a 48-hour one.