Newsom: ‘Donald Trump Is A Big Part Of’ Why Democrats Are Winning

( – California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom has been spending his days campaigning for President Joe Biden since his current term as the Golden State’s top executive doesn’t end until January 2027. He recently claimed former President Donald Trump is playing a significant role in Democrats’ wins in recent election cycles.

Newsom sat down for an interview with NBC News host Kristen Welker for an episode of “Meet the Press” that aired on February 25. Welker asked about recent reports that former President Barack Obama had warned Biden not to underestimate Trump and if Newsom thought Democrats were falling into that trap.

The California governor indicated he didn’t share those concerns, explaining he believes Trump is “weakness masquerading as strength.” He also accused the former president of becoming “unhinged” and claimed Trump was “less interesting than he was a few years ago.”

Newsom said Trump was a “weaker cannon” now, too. The California governor pointed to Democratic gains during the 2018, 2020, 2022, and 2023 elections. He predicted that Democratic candidates would continue to “outperform” their Republican rivals,” adding that “Donald Trump is a big part” of those victories.

Welker also grilled Newsom about recent polling figures that showed 76% of registered voters had “real concerns” about Biden’s ability to serve another four years in office. Newsom was able to deflect some of those worries by pointing to Biden’s record.

Newsom also sidestepped the issue by talking about Biden’s “capacity to lead in a bipartisan way” and his “temperance” and “wisdom” without directly addressing concerns about his mental capacity.

Throughout the interview, Newsom appeared to make a better case for a Biden second term than the president himself. Then again, at 59 years old, Newsom is 22 years younger than Biden.

Nevertheless, when pushed on Biden’s age and ability to defeat Trump, Newsom claimed the president was checking all the boxes, doing everything necessary for a November victory.

Time will tell, but for now, RealClearPolitics national polling average shows Trump leading Biden by 2.1 points as of February 27.

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