It’s been more than a year since Gavin Newsom started campaigning for governor, and with all of the other likely candidates still in the starting blocks – none have formally announced – the lieutenant governor is working a trusty foil.
This week, Newsom re-posted on Facebook an animated video attacking Donald Trump for his plan to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“That won’t work because of rivers, mountains, tribal lands, private land and countless other challenges,” Newsom says. “A wall won’t secure our border or keep people safe.”
Newsom, the Democratic former mayor of San Francisco, is on safe ground hitting Trump in liberal-leaning California. He made the video when Trump was just taking flight. Now that the television personality is the Republican frontrunner, Newsom is seeking attention anew.
Everyone is coming to terms with the … reality that it's not a dream or a nightmare.
Dan Newman, a spokesman for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom
“Everyone is coming to terms with the … reality that it's not a dream or a nightmare,” Newsom spokesman Dan Newman said in an email. “Donald J. Trump is actually the presumptive GOP nominee to be the leader of the free world.”
Newsom concludes the video by offering to debate Trump, an encounter – and a level of exposure – that Newsom is unlikely to achieve.
Still, web hits don’t hurt. As of Thursday, the video had some 7.3 million views.