Newsom: Nixon and Reagan 'rolling in their graves right now' over what GOP has become

Newsom: Nixon and Reagan 'rolling in their graves right now' over what GOP has become
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Christopher NewsomCalifornia governor signs law banning people from smoking in state parks, on beaches California becomes first state in US requiring public universities to offer abortion pill on campus Calif. officials say man using oxygen tank died within minutes of PG&E power shutoff MORE (D) told CNN that former Presidents Nixon and Reagan, both Californians, were “rolling in their graves” over the Trump administration’s move to block the Golden State from imposing its own emissions standards.

“Federalism be damned, states’ rights, 10th Amendment be damned, Ronald Reagan [and] Richard Nixon be damned,” Newsom told CNN’s Don LemonDon Carlton LemonConservatives slam Beto O'Rourke over threat to tax-exempt status for religious organizations CNN LGBTQ town hall interrupted by protesters O'Rourke: Religious institutions should lose tax-exempt status if they oppose same-sex marriage MORE Wednesday night, noting that Reagan had paved the way for such steps as California governor.

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“They’d be rolling in their graves right now at what the Republican administration is doing, and moreover what the Republican Party is doing: complete silence on states’ rights but also free enterprise,” Newsom added.

Noting that four automakers voluntarily agreed to the standards, which prompted a Justice Department antitrust investigation, Newsom asked CNN’s Don Lemon, “Who is Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani says he is unaware of reported federal investigation Louisiana's Democratic governor forced into runoff Lawmakers focus their ire on NBA, not China MORE actually helping? He’s not helping those four companies that have voluntarily agreed to California’s higher standard."

He added the inquiry had “chilled” other companies’ willingness to agree to the standards.

“They’re calling CEOs to the mat and threatening them and using the Department of Justice to go after them to keep them from doing what they think is in their best interest and in their customers’ best interest.”

The administration on Thursday formally revoked the state’s tailpipe waiver under the Clean Air Act, citing the Environmental Protection Agency’s One National Program Rule, which gives the federal government sole authority over emissions standards.