Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom said those who choose not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 are “like drunk drivers” on CNN on Monday.
“Is it time, governor, to bring back a universal mask mandate, regardless of vaccination status there in California?” asked CNN host Victor Blackwell.
“Look, we don’t even have to have that debate,” said Newsom. “If we can just get everybody vaccinated that’s not vaccinated, that’s refusing to get vaccinated, that’s living vaccine free and impacting the rest of us — it’s like drunk drivers. You don’t have the right to go out and drink and drive and put everybody else at risk, including your own life at risk.”
California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom compares people who don’t want to get the coronavirus vaccine to “drunk drivers”: “It’s like drunk drivers. You don’t have the right to go out and drink and drive and put everybody else at risk, including your own life at risk.” pic.twitter.com/JkoPvR05xp
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The governor’s remarks comparing the legal action of refusing an optional vaccine with the illegal act of driving while intoxicated came the same day that he implemented a new statewide mandate. State workers and health care staff are now required in California to demonstrate proof of vaccination.
Newsom was not alone in the mandates. New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a similar mandate, as did the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs is reportedly the first federal agency to put forth such a requirement for employees.
The effort to recall Newsom remains underway, with an election planned for Sept. 14. An Emerson College and Nexstar Media’s Inside California Politics poll from last week found 43 percent of Californians support the recall and 48 percent oppose it. Nine percent were undecided, according to the poll.