Gavin Newsom Stumbles Into Child While Playing Basketball

Gage Skidmore from Peoria, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – California Governor Gavin Newsom became the subject of internet mockery after a video clip captured him stumbling over a young student while playing basketball in China. The footage displayed Newsom engaged in a friendly game with Chinese youngsters. However, an awkward moment ensued when he collided with a child and ended up falling on top of him.

Newsom promptly picked the boy up, shared a laugh, and gave him a pat on the back. Neither of them were hurt in the incident, according to reports. However, the incident appeared odd to numerous viewers, igniting discussions about why the Governor was even in China to begin with.

Social media was flooded with both jokes and criticisms. Tom Elliott, the founder of Grabien, likened Newsom’s basketball antics to former President Barack Obama, stating that both politicians use such occasions to cultivate a certain image. Graham Allen, a conservative media figure, raised a question on X, formerly known as Twitter: why was Newsom in China in the first place?

Reporters and columnists also chimed in. Benjamin Rothove from The College Fix questioned the political wisdom of Newsom’s China trip, citing potential public relations issues. Julie Hamill, founder of the Alliance of Los Angeles County Parents, sarcastically applauded Newsom’s relatability, humorously connecting his basketball stumble to his broader diplomatic mission. Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb made light of the situation, saying that Newsom’s clumsy turnover was just the wake-up call he needed that morning.

Newsom’s China visit, it was revealed, was for a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping to discuss various foundational matters and environmental concerns, specifically climate change. The meeting was considered controversial by some, given the strained U.S.-China relationship. Additionally, it fueled speculation about Newsom’s political aspirations, with some wondering if he’s positioning himself as a possible successor to President Joe Biden in the 2024 presidential race.

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