ESPN's Stephen A. Smith broadcasts his show, First Take, live from WGPR-TV broadcast museum in Detroit on Friday, September 9, 2022. Credit: Detroit Free Press

Stephen A. Smith is known for his strong takes on the sports world but he’s been branching out more and more lately thanks to his podcast where he can talk about whatever he wants.

That includes politics, and the ESPN host took some time recently to slam the Democrat Party over the way it’s handling the upcoming election cycle.

Specifically, Smith thinks that Democrats look “stupid” for trotting out Joe Biden as he gets older instead of finding a fresh face to represent them.

“You have any idea how stupid you’re going to look as a party [if you nominate Biden]?” Smith said.”First of all, you look stupid enough because you call yourself progressives. And you’re riding the coattails of a guy that’s going to be 82 years old during election year, begging him to run for reelection.”

Smith added that if it were up to him, he would want to see California Governor Gavin Newsom get the nomination.

“You call yourself progressives and the best you can do is an 82-year-old that’s already in office, an 82-year-old incumbent. I personally believe if it wasn’t for these damn high taxes out here in California, I would be a Gavin Newsom supporter,” Smith insisted. “I’ve never seen, since Biden has been president, anyone on the liberal side that has been more forceful, more convincing, and more defying against the right than Gavin Newsom. And more effective. He was brilliant.”

[The Stephen A. Smith Show, Mediaite]

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