The gloves are off for Kimberly Guilfoyle when it comes to talking about her ex-husband Gavin Newsom and their political differences, with the pro-Trump pundit this week berating the Democratic governor for his leadership in California and for not having his company publicly discussed ties to the Silicon Valley Bank.
On Thursday’s episode of her online “The Kimberly Guilfoyle Show,” Guilfoyle also strongly suggested she supported the 2021 recall election against Newsom, joking about one of his biggest political embarrassments: being caught dining without a mask at The French Laundry in November 2020, just after he urged Californians to to remain confined during the COVID-19 crisis. 19 pandemic.
Guilfoyle began her show with a diatribe against what she called the far-left agenda of the Democrats, claiming it had turned California into “a nightmare” – “unlivable, unaffordable and unsafe.” She talked about how San Francisco and Los Angeles have been overrun with homeless people, turning the sidewalks into “bathrooms” and creating images that could have come straight out of a post-apocalyptic zombie movie.
“All of that happened under the Democratic one-party rule in Sacramento and under Governor Gavin Newsom,” Guilfoyle said.
Guilfoyle and Newsom were married from 2001 to 2006. During that time, she was first lady of San Francisco, a well-known district attorney and part of an emerging progressive power couple, once labeled “The New Kennedys.”
Things apparently changed when she moved to New York City to work in TV and eventually became a host on Fox News. Guilfoyle is now engaged to Donald Trump Jr., the oldest son of President Donald Trump. On her show, Guilfoyle spoke of a happy move to Florida. She is also a divisive figure in American politics, for her support of Trump’s debunked claims of voter fraud during the 2020 election and for reports alleging she was fired from Fox News for sexually inappropriate behavior near colleagues.
On her show, Guilfoyle indicated that she has not backed down on Trump’s view that the 2020 election was stolen from him and that he really belongs in the White House. She also presented a dark take on her home state, saying, “Hard-working, middle-class families are saying goodbye to the palm trees and the weather. It has become too expensive, too unsafe and too unbearable. Homelessness is completely out of control across the state.”
“All of this begs the question: Can California ever go gold again?” said Guilfoyle, a resident of San Francisco.
Speaking to conservative political commentator Dave Rubin, Guilfoyle praised him for campaigning to recall her ex-husband. She also expressed her displeasure with Newsom’s recent handling of the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank. She originally quoted reports from The Interceptthat Newsom lobbied the White House and the Treasury Department about the bank’s impending bailout, even though three of his private wineries were among the bank’s clients.
In a statement, Newsom praised the Biden administration’s decision to intervene on behalf of the bank’s customers after it was acquired by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. system,” Newsom said. What Newsom failed to mention is that the action helped protect his three wineries — Cade, Odette and PlumpJack — listed as clients on SVB’s website, The Intercept reported.
Responding to the report, a spokesman for the governor said his business and financial interests are held and managed by a blind trust, as they have been since he was first elected governor in 2018.
Guilfoyle did not comment on her ex-husband’s reaction, criticizing him for not mentioning his SVB ties in the first place.
“Here’s the problem,” Guilfoyle said. “This is a clear case of why don’t you make it known?” Guilfoyle then said, “I’m a straight-talking girl.” She said she was once “an owner” in PlumpJack, presumably when she and Newsom got married. PlumpJack Winery in Oakville is one of several businesses operated by the PlumpJack Group, which was founded in 1992 by Newsom and his friend, the billionaire philanthropist Gordon Getty.
“I sold it. I’m out,” Guilfoyle said of PlumpJack. She said it’s “pretty obvious” that her ex-husband should have been more open about his financial ties to SVB. “Especially for someone who wants to run for president, ethically, if you’re going to lobby the White House and the Treasury and you have a vested interest, that should be put first,” she said.
After she and Rubin jokingly admitted that she was talking about her ex-husband, Rubin said that Newsom is an example of “DP” – “Democratic privilege”. Rubin said Newsom believes he can basically “get away with anything, no matter how much destruction is wrought”.
“They’re going to keep promoting him,” Rubin said. “They’ll keep getting him better jobs, and the media will keep mocking him.” Rubin noted that Newsom easily won the recall election and was re-elected in 2022, so he therefore feels that Californians will reward him “no matter what he does” and doesn’t care if he doesn’t immediately disclose his ties to Silicon Valley. Bank.
Guilfoyle agreed with Rubin’s point, saying “I think the whole rule is that ‘the rules apply to you and not to me’.” back at the French Laundry.”
Since Guilfoyle began dating Trump’s oldest son and became one of the leading proponents of the ex-president’s far-right MAGA politics, she and Newsom have mostly avoided talking much about their marriage or their political differences in public . In 2018, Guilfoyle claimed diplomatically to the Washington Post that she and Newsroom remained friendly and occasionally chatted on the phone. Meanwhile, Newsom usually made casual remarks about his ex-wife or sometimes made it clear to reporters that discussion of her was forbidden.
However, in a February 9 interview with David Axelrod for CNN’s Ax Files podcast, Newsom opened up about Guilfoyle when asked about her apparent transition from a supporter of progressive ideals to a conservative funeral pyre. Newsom said she was a “different person” when they were married and eventually became a right-wing persona because she “fell prey” to the culture at Fox News.
“She has a persecution mentality, she always has,” Newsom said. “She’s super smart and, I think, fell prey to the culture at Fox. Essentially, she would disagree with that assessment – perhaps suggesting that she had “found the light.” It is clear that we have opposing views.”