While California schoolchildren remain muzzled with face masks and pay the price through speech impediments, Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom is enjoying the high life that comes with flouting his own rules.
On Sunday, the California governor was caught maskless again just more than a year after a similar sighting fueled a statewide effort for a recall. Newsom was pictured with former Los Angeles Lakers star Magic Johnson at the NFL 49ers-Rams game despite a statewide mask mandate in place through Feb. 15. In L.A., masks are required for outdoor “mega events” with more than 5,000 in attendance regardless of vaccination status.
“Hanging out at SoFi Stadium today!” Johnson wrote in a Twitter post featuring pictures of himself with Newsom as well as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. SoFi Stadium requires masks at all times in compliance with the health order, unless, apparently, you’re a prominent politician or major celebrity.
This latest episode of Newsom’s hypocrisy, however, comes after nearly 8 million California voters gave the governor their blessing to disregard public health orders under the Democrat-directed COVID caste system.
In September, Newsom maintained his grip on power when he survived a statewide referendum over his leadership nearly 62 percent to 38 percent. The effort to force a recall was sparked when the governor dined maskless at a luxury, three-star Michelin restaurant in the heart of Napa Valley’s wine country in violation of his own orders.
When Newsom was caught maskless in November 2020 at the French Laundry, where prices run $300 a plate, the published photos plunged the governor’s office into scandal. At the time, Newsom was seeking to ban residents from gatherings of more than three households ahead of Thanksgiving.
“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom said afterward, before cracking down with even tighter restrictions days later.
By September 2021, voters would dismiss the episode and send him back to the governor’s office emboldened to do the same without consequence.
Update, Monday afternoon:
Newsom defended his routine hypocrisy following the online outcry claiming he was “very judicious” wearing a mask.
“Magic was kind enough, generous enough to ask me for a photograph, and in my left hand’s the mask and I took a photo,” Newsom said during a press conference. “The rest of the time I wore it, as we all should, not when I had a glass of water or a thing, and I encourage everybody else to do so.”
Except another photograph apparently from the same game shows Newsom maskless grinning ear to ear with no food or drink in sight.