FACT CHECK: Does Video Show Gavin Newsom Falling Down Stairs?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

A video shared on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, allegedly shows Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom falling down stairs while disembarking a plane. 

Verdict: False

The video is miscaptioned. A Newsom spokesperson confirmed in an email to Check Your Fact that the video is not of him.

Fact Check: 

Newsom recently made a trip to China where he met with Chinese President Xi Jinping, hoping to strengthen ties between California and China, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Republicans criticized him for pictures he took while being friendly to Jinping, accusing him of doing political theater to help impove his image, The Sacramento Bee reported.

The X post purports California Gov. Gavin Newsom fell down a plane’s stairs. The post shares a video of a man disembarking a plane when he misses a step and falls, trying to grab onto the railing.

“#BREAKING: California Gov. Gavin Newsom falls down from plane’s stairs,” the post reads.

The caption is inaccurate, however. This man is not Newsom. A Newsweek article reported on the resurgence of a 2014 video of Alabama Sen. Tommy Tuberville falling down stairs, referencing X posts showing the same video. Some social media users mocked him for the fall, saying that he previously poked fun at President Joe Biden for falling down plane stairs, the outlet reports. 

There are no credible news reports about Newsom recently falling down stairs. He did, however, accidentally tackle a kid he was playing basketball with during his visit to China, according to Business Insider. (RELATED: No, Gavin Newsom Did Not Say He Would Pass A Bill To Remove Trump’s Name From Ballots)

“That is not the Governor,” a Newsom spokesperson told Check Your Fact in an email.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter