Newsom Says Trump Is Lighting Democracy On Fire

California Gov. Gavin Newsom claimed that former President Donald Trump is “lighting democracy on fire” after trying to wreck the country.

Newsom made the remarks during an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” after co-host Jon Karl asked Newsom if he thought former First Lady Michelle Obama was justified in her recent expression of fear over the outcome of the 2024 election.

“Yeah, absolutely. I mean, we all should be. I mean, what more evidence do you need? I mean, here’s a guy who lost the election, Trump, and tried to wreck the country. He’s lighting democracy on fire. He’s making democracy a partisan issue. I never imagined that in my lifetime,” Newsom said.

He went on to suggest that there are “profound and pronounced” consequences to Trump’s alleged efforts to make democracy a partisan issue, saying, “And that’s why I’m down here because this race has started, and we need to lift up the issues, the successes, the extraordinary successes of the last three years, the Biden-Harris administration, and then we drive contrast.”

“It’s not even a complicated campaign. We have the receipts. We have the best three-year record of any modern American presidency, period, full stop. And you look at the issue, issue by issue, they poll overwhelmingly, the American people support what Biden has done,” he continued.

Earlier this month, Obama said that she has been losing sleep over thoughts of “what could possibly happen” during the next election.

“Because our leaders matter. Who we select, who speaks for us, who holds that bully pulpit — it affects us in ways that sometimes I think people take for granted. “The fact that people think that government, does it really even do anything? And I’m like, ‘Oh my God, does government do everything for us.’ And we cannot take this democracy for granted. And sometimes I worry that we do,” she stated.

Seemingly condemning Trump, the former first lady added, “The tone and tenor of the message matters. We can’t just say what the first thing that comes to our minds. That is not authenticity to me. That’s childish, and we see childish leadership right before us — what that looks like and how that feels, where somebody is just base, and vulgar and cynical in a leadership position. It doesn’t trickle down well. That just begets more of that.”