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Stephen A. Smith Gushes Over Gavin Newsom, But Highlights ‘Problematic’ Issue For Him

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Stephen A. Smith gushed over California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom this week as a potential replacement for President Joe Biden atop the Democratic Party ticket in 2024, but noted that Newsom has a problem.

Smith started out the segment by talking about Trump’s legal problems and how his fundraising apparatus has been paying for his legal bills, and said that Democrats needed to turn the page and go a different route if they wanted to be sure they would win in 2024.

“You have any idea how stupid you’re going to look as a party [if you nominate President Joe Biden]?” Smith said. “First of all, you look stupid enough because you call yourself progressives. And you’re riding the coattails of a guy that’s going to be 82 years old during election year, begging him to run for re-election.”

Smith noted that the sky-high taxes in California are what keeps him from supporting Newsom.

“You call yourself progressives and the best you can do is an 82-year-old that’s already in office, an 82-year-old incumbent,” he continued. “I personally believe if it wasn’t for these damn high taxes out here in California, I would be a Gavin Newsom supporter.”

Smith then praised Newsom for going after Fox News host Sean Hannity during an interview several months ago.

“I’ve never seen, since Biden has been president, anyone on the liberal side that has been more forceful, more convincing, and more defying against the Right than Gavin Newsom,” Smith said. “And more effective. He was brilliant.”

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“But then I come out to California and these damn taxes, they invent ways to take your money in this state. So that might be problematic,” he added. “But I got to tell you. I still approve of that. Better than you rely on an 82-year-old candidate.”

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