Trump, Newsom and the Ties That Bind

To understand the complicated relationship between President Trump and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, try watching “The Defiant Ones,” a 1958 film starring Tony Curtis and Sydney Poitier. The plot line: Two inmates, one black and one white, are on the loose. But there’s a catch. They’re shackled together and, in order to elude the authorities, must learn to set aside their mutual animosity and work in tandem.
The Trump-Newsom telenovela of today is not to be confused with a racial morality play from the early days of the civil rights movement — even though it does contain many of the same…