Although the Democratic machine is doing everything in its power to destroy Donald Trump, trying to remove Trump’s name from the ballot is a step too far, even for president-in-waiting, Gavin Newsom.
Thankfully, This is Fake News
A tweet posted over the weekend by @QuoteDigging claimed that “Fox News reports Ca. Gov. Gavin Newsom is the first Governor to say Donald Trump is not eligible for future presidential elections & has asked California’s State Assembly to remove Trump’s name from any future ballots.”
While Newsom is busy trying to codify gun control into the Constitution with a 28th Amendment that would implement universal background checks and raise the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, there is no report of the governor taking any measures to blatantly subvert the democratic process.
Not to say he wouldn’t do that in less overt ways, but as for this tweet, it is, truly, fake news.
What’s disheartening is the number of people that commented on this tweet, without looking for the source or validity. The tweet came from an account named “QuoteDigger” – not exactly the first place to go for reputable news.
What’s even more worrisome is that Rick Grenell, former U.S. Ambassador and founder of Fix California, retweeted the post. While I believe Grenell is right on a lot of things, he was wrong to share this.
Governor Newsom has offered plenty of evidence to support Grenell’s position that “Gavin Newsom is afraid of dissent” and therefore, “shuts it down, cancels it and tries to eliminate anyone or anything that doesn’t agree with him.”
He did that for two straight years during COVID.
This was not the right quote to retweet.
Did Newsom Actually Support Trump?
For a while, Newsom had more in common with former president Trump other than notable hairdos. Just a few months ago, they shared a similar political goal– taking down Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
In an interview with Jen Psaki back in April, Newsom declared, “He’s gonna get rolled by Trump. Trump’s just gonna roll him. Thumped.”
Trump and Newsom refrained from targeting each other harshly, even when given the opportunity to do so. The nation’s most prominent Republican and one of its most prominent Democrats were at one point, seemingly allied in directing their political ire toward DeSantis.
Now, Florida’s beloved governor seems to be less of a threat, still lagging behind Trump by at least 40 points in national polling (less in state-specific polls) in spite of Trump’s mounting legal troubles.
And the Newsom vs. DeSantis debate seems to have reached a stalemate.
Newsom, to the dismay of many of his cronies, actually complimented Trump for his behavior during COVID, which may be Trump’s biggest Achilles heel, even among his supporters.
“I didn’t have a closed fist, I had an open hand. We actually had an incredible relationship during COVID,” Newsom said in an interview with Sean Hannity in June.
“He was incredible – he played no politics during COVID with California – none whatsoever. It’s a fact.”
Gavin Newsom for President? Not a Chance
Although Gavin Newsom may not be trying to completely reform the electoral process, he is making a stink about national issues that are out of his jurisdiction, leading some to believe he’s a contender for president.
That’s not to say he could win.
Joe Rogan, in an episode on August 3rd, stated the obvious.
“Nobody wants President Newsom. Nobody believes in that guy. That guy’s a ——- conman. Everything he did in California, from trying to mandate vaccines for kids when it was totally unnecessary, to being caught in public without a mask and lying about the fact that he was outdoors. All of it. Nobody believes in that guy. He’s just a politician. Just a stone-cold narrative-driven politician. Nobody thinks he’s a real human.”
This explains the creepy memes of Newsom floating around the internet.
In contrast, Rogan continued, “whether you like Trump or not, whether you think he’s corrupt or not, that’s a human being. You know what that guy is.”
Considering the massive number of followers that listen to Rogan, that’s a blow to Newsom. He knows the perception people have of him and even compared to Trump, it’s not good, particularly amongst independents who he would need to win an election.
Grenell didn’t need to promote some ludicrous tweet about Newsom to obliterate the governor’s chances of taking up permanent residence in Washington D.C. Newsom destroys his reputation all by himself just fine.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor and opinion writer for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics, and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
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