Newsom blames Fox News ‘anger machine’ for talk he’ll replace Biden

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is again brushing aside suggestions he could replace President Biden as the Democratic Party’s nominee for president this year, and he is blaming conservative media for giving legitimacy to the idea.

“It’s not even an interesting conversation. By the way, I think it’s a damning conversation, frankly, the other side wants us to have,” Newsom said Sunday on “Meet The Press.” “And trust me, I know the mishegoss coming from the other side. I’m deeply mindful of the anger machine and all the entertainment industry out there on Fox and elsewhere. They love ginning this stuff up.”

Newsom affirmatively said he is ruling out a run for the presidency in 2024, as he has before.

“At the end of the day, not only is this train [that has] left the station, but we are — we get to enjoy a record of accomplishments as we make the case in a reelection the likes of which we couldn’t even have dreamt of, even as a Democrat, last century,” he said.

Newsom’s comments were first highlighted by Mediaite.

Biden and former President Trump are expected to face off this fall in a rematch of the 2020 presidential election.

Newsom is among leading Democrats who some pundits and political observers have suggested could replace Biden as the party’s nominee amid concerns over the president’s age.

The governor has attacked Fox News, the top-watched cable channel, in the past and has urged Democrats in recent months to be more aggressive in pushing back on the messaging put forth on the network and in GOP talking points more generally.

Newsom participated in a “red state vs. blue state” debate with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) last fall that was hosted by the network.

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