Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California speaks at the Democratic National Convention. More coverage at latimes.com/trailguide
After a brief ode to California being a socially inclusive, “jet-propelled engine of job creation,” Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom used the bulk of his five minutes on stage at the Democratic National Convention to rip into Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
“His hostile takeover of the American dream is built on two fundamental lies: That America is a dark and desperate place and that he has any kind of a plan to make it better,” Newsom told the noisy crowd inside Philadelphia’s Wells Fargo Center. “Trump strangled the sunny optimism of Ronald Reagan and replaced 'tear down that wall' with the cynical bigotry of 'build that wall.'"
Newsom, who already has launched a 2018 gubernatorial run, also went after Trump’s pick for a running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He criticized Pence for advocating for the use of taxpayer money for “conversion therapy” — a widely discredited practice aimed at converting the sexual orientation of minors from gay to straight. Newsom likened the therapy to torture.