For Immediate release
June 25, 2020

J&Z Strategies


Orange County, Calif. — Josh Newman issued this statement in response to Donald Trump’s repeated racial slurs toward Asian Americans: 

“On Tuesday at his rally in Arizona, Donald Trump spewed another series of racist anti-Asian slurs. This president trades in rhetoric that is too often callous, hate-filled, and even dangerous. Furthermore, it’s my strong belief that people in leadership positions, as well as anyone seeking a position of public leadership, have a moral obligation to stand up and condemn remarks like these.

“We’re living in a unique and precarious time. The U.S. economy—as the result of an unprecedented public health emergency and Trump’s thoroughly inept response to it— has imploded, and people all over America are really hurting. At this point in the pandemic, the origin of the virus is far less important than what must be done to stop it.  More than 125,000 Americans have already lost their lives and– to a very large degree because of the Trump administration’s handling of this crisis– its deadly spread continues.  

“Without decisive action and national leadership, thousands more Americans will die each week.  Meanwhile, Donald Trump continues to scapegoat and deflect, using dog whistles and outright slurs like his Arizona remarks, as he tries to amp up his “base” as part of his campaign’s cynical plan for gaming the electoral college system again in November. It’s a shameful abrogation of his obligation and duties, and a far cry from what Americans have come to expect from their president in times of crisis. Instead of leadership, Trump continues to make an already challenging set of circumstances even more challenging, and this crisis more protracted. 

“It’s been painfully clear for some time that Donald Trump possesses neither the tools nor the temperament to lead this country and is actually making things worse. He is unfit for the office and should resign the presidency, but of course he won’t. That’s why November’s election is so important, offering us the chance to remove him from office and begin the long, arduous process of repairing the damage done to the American system and our social fabric.”

Newman’s campaign also recently released a new digital video ad, titled “Better Senator,” which highlights his independent, common-sense approach to public service and features the campaign’s branded ice cream truck, allowing voters the opportunity to talk about important issues with the former Senator and his team while enjoying a complimentary “Better Senator” ice cream sandwich. To find out more about upcoming destinations for the “Better Senator,” follow @BetterSenatorCA on Twitter and Instagram or visit

To view the ad, titled “Better Senator,” click here.

About Josh Newman

Josh Newman is a United States Army veteran, community activist, father, husband, and former State Senator for the 29th Senate District of California. As an officer in the United States Army, Newman’s active duty military service included assignments with a nuclear weapons detachment in South Korea and with a conventional artillery battalion in the 25th Infantry Division. After a successful post-service professional career in the Internet and mobile technology sectors, Newman founded and served as Executive Director of ArmedForce2Workforce, an initiative founded in 2012 to assist young veterans in the Orange County/Greater Los Angeles area in the pursuit of rewarding, career-oriented post-service employment.

Continuing to give back to his community, in 2016 Newman ran a “bottom-up” campaign against the political establishment — and was elected to the California Senate. In the State Senate, Newman chaired the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. He also sat on the Business & Professions, Health, Insurance & Banking, and Human Services committees.

In Sacramento as well as while back home in the 29th Senate District, Newman was active and accessible, tirelessly serving the 16 cities of the 29th Senate District, continuously putting public service over politics, irrespective of the consequences. Throughout his tenure in the State Senate, Newman focused on finding common sense, pragmatic solutions that help improve the quality of life for California families. His legislation championed veteran services, mental health resources, public education, job creation, environmental protection, equal rights, transportation improvements, and fiscal responsibility.

He and his wife, Darcy Lewis, reside in Fullerton with their daughter and four rescue Chihuahuas.

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