This was a TALK BACK issue not Google Assistant.
2 week old Moto G6 and today, my wifes phone is totally useless with every touch of the screen generating a stupid google assistant, tap double tap, long hold… nonsense and the instructions from Republic about : Swipe from the left-edge of the homescreen to open the Google Now Feed does not work as it seems the swipe/scroll function is not working only tap, double tap.
As I cannot even do the first sequence offered by RW, HTF am I supposed to get to a menu I have never seen?
Obviously we have shut down and powered up numerous times. I never want to see/hear and garbage from Google Assistant for the rest of my life.