Title: Winners and Losers of the GOP Debate- Gavin Newsom? 4 Things You Should Know… [Videos- Highlights of the debate, Trump’s speech, and don’t miss Newsom Destroy Hannity]
Sparks flew in the contentious 2nd GOP debate.
Trump, who didn’t show up (see below for Trump highlights), was the media focus.
But was there a debate winner?
The winner may have been California Governor Gavin Newsom, who was in the audience and became the media darling.
Newsom was there to lead the Democrat response efforts to predicted “extreme rhetoric” coming out of the debate.
Here are 4 takeaways from the second GOP primary debate:
1) California Governor Gavin Newsom—Deception, misrepresentation and lies
I was not shocked by Newsom’s boldness or his statements. I have closely researched, followed, spoken, and written about Newsom for over 20 years.
Governor Newsom is a smart and cunning politician. He is their best debater. He is the perfect “litigator” for the Democrat Party and their radical socialist agenda and one of the most successful and powerful radical socialists.
In fact, after the debate, he declared “the Biden agenda” was the true winner of the second GOP presidential primary debate.
“They [the candidates] only identified problems,” Newsom said. “Joe Biden has not only identified solutions, he’s gotten them passed in a bipartisan way to address so many of the issues the Republicans brought up.” It’s one of the standard talking points.
This is obviously a lie, which is Newsom’s specialty.
For example, he lies about how great a job he’s doing in California.
However, the truth is far different.
California’s deficit is $31.5 billion– the state’s budget deficit has grown by $9 billion since January. Contrast this from last year when the state had a record $97.5 billion surplus—a surplus from all of the federal COVID/stimulus dollars pumped into the state, not because Newsom is a fiscal wizard.
California has one of the highest tax rates (per capita) of any other state.
The top 1% of income earners pay nearly half of all personal income taxes.
Their taxes on capital gains (investments such as stocks) and the “mansion tax” have caused the rich, as well as everyone else, including companies (California lost 153 large companies such as Toyota, Oracle, Tesla, Charles Schwab, and 5.5 smaller companies and entrepreneurs leave every week), to flee California, causing a decline in tax revenue (personal, business, property).
Because of California’s massive welfare programs and socialist policies, the state went from a surplus back into massive deficits.
It’s gotten so bad that Newsom is shifting over $3.3 billion out of the state’s general fund to shore up the state’s budget.
In addition to the mass exodus, burdening taxes, job-killing regulations, and bloated welfare, crime has also spiraled out of control.
The 2022 report revealed that the state’s violent crime rate increased by 6.1% since 2021, property crime was up 6.2%, and robberies jumped by 10.2%. Sadly, these stats are underreporting the California reality as much as much crime is ignored or criminals let go.
And the homeless population has grown out of control as well.
Over half of all America’s homeless live in California.
It’s clear that Newsom’s radical socialist policies have been a disaster for California…
However, according to Newsom, everything is great in California.
It will be interesting to see how Newsom twists the facts and lies his way through his debate with Gov. Ron DeSantis in November.
Below are video highlights of Newsome’s interview with Sean Hannity. Be sure to see how slick Newsome is with Hannity, running him around in circles with misdirection, misinformation, and distorted facts.
2) The GOP losers and winners
Out of the seven GOP presidential contenders, there were no clear winners and losers… That is, no one moved the needle much in either direction, and none of them were able to advance closer to Trump’s massive lead in the polls.
North Dakota Gov. Dough Burgum seemed to disappear in the crowd… barely registering with voters that he was even there. His answers on the EV/China/climate change were some of the best all night.
The same disappearing could be said for former VP Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Scott. Both had a stiff, dry delivery and bland personalities—even though they stuck mostly to policy, they couldn’t break through.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seems to have one real goal—Attack Trump. At least he was able to deliver a memorable line when he accused former President Donald Trump of being “Donald Duck” for ducking out of the debate. But given his numbers in the polls, his attack Trump strategy isn’t getting him any closer to breaking out of his single-digit poll numbers.
Businessman Vivek Ramaswamy lost steam, especially when Haley and others attacked him for his business dealings with Communist China and his lack of foreign affairs. He did have some great statements on downsizing government, individual liberty, and fighting the Deep State.
Haley especially went ballistic on Ramaswamy for engaging potential voters on the Chinese-owned social media platform TikTok—But Haley’s abrasive attitude ignored Ramaswamy of not letting the socialists dominate TikTok.
The only one who really went on the attack and didn’t back down was former UN ambassador Nikki Haley, who was like a Pitbull on a mailman’s leg, attacking businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, telling him in the heat of their argument, “Every time I hear you, I feel a little bit dumber for what you say,” which got great applause from the audience.
She also took on DeSantis, who managed to defend her blows. But she proved to be an establishment Republican.
Overall, DeSantis did very well, but he didn’t have any major breakout moments. He proved to be the strongest candidate on stage, but he had no “wow” moments.
3) Where was Donald Trump?
Instead of joining the second GOP presidential debate on Fox Business, Trump held a rally for the striking auto workers in Michigan.
Trump gave a rousing speech and told the striking auto workers that he was with them but warned that their jobs would be gone within three years because of President Biden’s electric vehicle mandate.
Trump called President Biden a “government assassination” of the US auto industry.”
“To the striking workers, I support you and your goal of fair wages and greater stability, and I truly hope you get a fair deal for yourselves and your families. But if your union leaders will not demand that crooked Joe repeal his electric vehicle mandate immediately, then it doesn’t matter what hourly wage you get,” Trump said.
Trump also accused Biden of “selling out to China, environmentalists, and the radical left.”
“Biden’s [EV] mandate isn’t a government regulation. It’s a government assassination of your jobs and of your industry. The auto industry is being assassinated, and it makes no difference what you get. I don’t care what you get in the next 2 weeks or 3 weeks of 5 weeks… they’re gonna be closing up and they’re going to be building those cars in China and other places. It’s a hit job on Michigan and on Detroit,” Trump told the auto workers.
4) What’s next?
Obviously, there will be a third GOP presidential debate. The Republican candidates are scheduled to face off again on Nov. 8th in Maimi.
The debtors will be narrowed.
The debate is just over two months before the first primary in Iowa in January, so this third debate has some big stakes for the candidates—This is a make-or-break event!
As for Newsom, he’s certainly not worried. If Newsom keeps being a good foot soldier for the Democrat Party, and the radical socialists in the Democrat party leadership, the activists, and the Deep State, he may very well find himself being nominated by the DNC as their presidential candidate for 2024, bypassing ever debating or running against Biden, Harris, Williamson, and Kennedy… or vie for VP under Michelle Obama, if she decides to run.
Click HERE to watch highlights of the Hannity/Newsom interview.
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