BEN SHAPIRO (HOST): So, Gavin Newsom has to fill her seat. This means that this is the second Senate seat that he has had to fill. The first one was Kamala Harris when she was, for no reason at all except that she's a Black woman, appointed Vice President of the United States by Joe Biden. And she was then replaced by Alex Padilla, who no one had ever heard of. And now, after Dianne Feinstein has died, Governor Gavin Newsom was getting pressure to fill that seat with a Black woman because, obviously, if Kamala Harris is replaced by a Latino man, this means that the next seat has to be replaced by a Black woman. This is how we do staffing in Democratic administrations. Now, there's a problem -- he doesn't like Barbara Lee. So Barbara Lee, who is the prominent Black congressperson running before the seat, she obviously wanted to, basically, just inherit the seat. And Gavin Newsom didn't want to intervene in that because he has Adam Schiff running for that office, Nancy Pelosi wants Adam Schiff in that office. There are a bunch of other candidates who are running. So, instead, he has decided to choose off the board. He's going off the board in selecting a person named Laphonza Butler to the seat.
Now, who the hell is Laphonza Butler? Laphonza Butler is a lesbian Democratic strategist and advisor to Kamala Harris' 2020 presidential campaign. In which she was wildly successful, by the way. Kamala Harris was -- she must have been such an amazing campaign adviser that Kamala Harris had to drop out before California. She was such a good campaign adviser. She is the only Black woman serving in the US Senate, according to the AP, and the first openly LGBTQ person to represent California in the chamber. She leads EMILY's List, so all she does is abortion. She's also a former labor leader with SEIU 2015. So, I mean, her wild left-wing credentials are well in order. She's a lesbian Black woman who leads an organization devoted to abortion and is a former labor leader with the SEIU. She also happens to not be from California, so there's that. In her biography, on the EMILY's List website, it says she's from Maryland. She owns a residence in Maryland. She's from Maryland. So congratulations to Maryland on getting a third senator, I suppose.
The reason Gavin Newsom did this, obviously -- he checks the box that says Black woman. He also doesn't endorse Barbara Lee, so he doesn't have to piss off Adam Schiff and his crowd. So, clever pick by Gavin Newsom, who definitely is not running in 2024 guys. He's definitely not running or hoping that Joe Biden will simply keel over and open things up. So, again, clever political move by -- by Gavin Newsom, but demonstrative, once again, of the fact that the way to get ahead inside the Democratic Party is to have some pretty excellent intersectional credentials.