When California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) appeared on “The View” on Friday, Joy Behar and her fellow co-hosts desperately tried to get him to bash President Donald Trump. Unfortunately for them, however, he refused to do anything but sing Trump’s praises for the way he has handled the coronavirus pandemic.
While talking about the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., Behar had the gall to ask Governor Newsom if he was kissing up to President Trump to avoid any kind of retribution. Newsom refused to say anything negative about Trump and, instead, praised his “proactive” approach to handling the coronavirus.
“Governor, it’s no secret that you’ve had a combative relationship with Trump in the past, but lately, you’ve been praising him for the help he’s giving,” Behar said. “Of course, you have to, because look at how he treats governors who don’t kiss the ring. The governor of Washington, the governor of Michigan, he said they were not appreciative and told Mike Pence, ‘Don’t call them back.’ Do you feel like you have to feed this guy’s ego to get the respirators, to get the PPEs? Is that what’s going on?”
Newsom replied by acknowledging that while he has had his share of issues with Trump in the past, all of that is out the window now. “Let me just acknowledge the frame of your question,” he responded. “We’re involved in over 68 lawsuits with the Trump administration, and so there’s no question we have had our differences of opinion on many issues, but I just want to remind you that you and many others that maybe are not aware of this.”
“We have been at this since late January,” he continued. “California got a head start in many respects, where no one was really paying much attention. We started working with the administration directly to get these repatriated flights from mainland China into the state of California. Many states turned their back on those flights and those repatriation missions. California embraced them.”
Not stopping there, Newsom talked about more collaborations California has had with the Trump administration throughout this pandemic. “We also had that Grand Princess, that large cruise ship, where we worked very collaboratively with the federal government and developed strong relationships of trust with emergency planning and how we can bring those passengers back into our diverse communities and all across the rest of the country,” the liberal governor said. “As a consequence of that, our relationship began earlier than most. And so from that perspective, all I can say is that, from my perspective, the relationship has been strong. I’m not doing it to kiss the ring — I’m not doing it in a way, you know, I’m just being forthright with the president. He returns calls, he reaches out, he’s been proactive.”
“We got that [USNS] Mercy [hospital] ship down here in Los Angeles,” Newsom concluded. “That was directly because he sent it down here. Two thousand medical units came to the state of California, these FMS, these field medical stations. That’s been very, very helpful, and to the extent, we’re going to need more, and I’ll let you know in a few weeks if that relationship continues.”
We’re glad to see that there are some Democrats out there who can put politics aside during a crisis such as this one. While it was shameful for Behar to try and bait Newsom into bashing the president while our nation is dealing with a crisis the likes of which none of us have ever seen before, this is the kind of classless behavior that we have come to expect from her over the years. We applaud Newsom for rising above it and not allowing Behar to bring him down to her level.