Trump slams New­som but most­ly ignores DeSan­tis at Cal­i­for­nia GOP con­ven­tion

Trump slams Newsom but mostly ignores DeSantis at California GOP convention

ANAHEIM, Cal­i­for­nia — For­mer Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump repeat­ed­ly attacked Gov. Gavin New­som (D‑CA) while bare­ly dis­cussing Gov. Ron DeSan­tis (R‑FL), his top 2024 Repub­li­can rival, dur­ing a speech at the Cal­i­for­nia GOP con­ven­tion on Fri­day.
Along with New­som, who has emerged as a chief sur­ro­gate for Pres­i­dent Joe Biden’s reelec­tion cam­paign, Trump lobbed sev­er­al crit­i­cisms of oth­er Cal­i­for­nia Democ­rats, includ­ing Rep. Max­ine Waters, for­mer House Speak­er Nan­cy Pelosi, and Rep. Adam Schiff. But the lack of repeat­ed attacks against DeSan­tis is anoth­er sign that the for­mer pres­i­dent is mov­ing beyond the GOP pri­ma­ry and act­ing more as a gen­er­al elec­tion nom­i­nee.
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At Trump’s first men­tion of New­som, the crowd of Repub­li­cans erupt­ed in loud boos. “He did a great job as may­or of San Fran­cis­co,” Trump mocked New­som.
Trump lat­er direct­ly ref­er­enced New­som’s role this week sur­round­ing the sec­ond Repub­li­can Nation­al Com­mit­tee debate at the Ronald Rea­gan Pres­i­den­tial Library in Simi Val­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, which Trump skipped. New­som spoke in the spin room before and after the debate, where he cham­pi­oned Biden’s admin­is­tra­tion and slammed Repub­li­can “extrem­ism.”
“Gavin has become crooked Joe Biden’s top sur­ro­gate, I think, because he doesn’t think he’s gonna make it,” Trump said.
He also claimed that he heard New­som on Sean Han­ni­ty’s show after the sec­ond debate state that “Cal­i­for­nia is won­der­ful.”
“It was won­der­ful. They could be won­der­ful again, but right now, it is real­ly a mess,” Trump said.
Trump lat­er slammed New­som’s sup­port of envi­ron­men­tal issues. “Gavin New­som and the r …