California GOP Slams Newsom’s ‘Hypocrisy’ For Dining Out And Breaking His Own COVID-19 Rules

California Governor Gavin Newsom is under fire for violating his own coronavirus restrictions when he was caught attending a friend’s birthday at one of California’s most exclusive restaurants.

California Republicans ripped the Democratic governor’s action after he earlier urged residents of the Golden State to only interact with their own household to help stem the new wave of the coronavirus.

He also suggested that people in California pop their masks in between bites while eating out — only to get photographed in a restaurant not wearing a mask.

“He’s the one telling people to change their Thanksgiving plans — yet he himself is gathering privately at an expensive restaurant that many Californians can’t afford,” Republican state Assemblyman James Gallagher told Fox News.

Newsom, CMA hypocrisy cited

Governor Newsom was out on Tuesday night at the pricey French Laundry restaurant to celebrate the birthday of well-known lobbyist, Jason Kinney, who is the governor’s friend.

Top ranking officials of the California Medical Association (CMA)— that represents and lobbies for 50,000 doctors — also attended the gathering, further sparking furor amidst the spike in coronavirus cases.

The association recently tweeted public reminders including #StayHome and #WearAMask.

Last month, Governor Newsom’s office tweeted “Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites. Do your part to keep those around you healthy.

Newsom: It was a “bad mistake”

The California governor admitted to attending a 12-person gathering on November 6 and later on offered an apology for breaking his own rules to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” he said in a statement, adding that it was a “bad mistake.”

“I should have stood up and … drove back to my house …The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach,” he added.

Aside from violating his own anti-coronavirus restrictions, the Democratic governor also received backlash for dining in the swanky, three-star Michelin restaurant that offers US$350 for a tasting menu and another US$45o to US$850 per person menu for small gatherings — while unemployment rate in California continue to mount due to the pandemic.

“Pop Quiz: In California, US$350 is equal to: (a) one week’s unemployment check for millions of California workers (b) the cost of Gavin Newsom’s dinner at Napa’s French Laundry restaurant or (c) both of the above,” wrote State Sen. Shannon Grove, the chamber’s Republican leader.
Breaking his own restrictions 

She went on to post the photos of Governor Newsom at the posh French restaurant, while highlighting the irony between his own order and him breaking it: “How it started … how it’s going.”

“In between bites, right @GavinNewsom??” she added.

“Not pictured: Masks. Another example of @GavinNewsom practicing ‘Do as I say, not as I do’,” the Republican state senator added.

Governor Newsom’s latest coronavirus restrictions took effect on Tuesday — the same day that he was out attending a friend’s gathering. That day, the Golden State put 41 of its 51 counties under “strictest four-tier system” for reopening which is dependent on the number of COVID cases in the area and the rate of infection.

Coronavirus cases in California have risen significantly the past week, representing “the fastest increase California has seen since the beginning of this pandemic,” according to Governor Newsom himself.

Total COVID-19 cases in the state reached 1.07 million — the second highest in the country next to Texas. California has also recorded at least 18,469 deaths, the third highest mortality next to New York and New Jersey.

Pelosi’s own salon incident

Aside from Governor Newsom, another high-ranking Democrat — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — also received a similar backlash earlier for breaking COVID-19 rules when she was seen visiting a shuttered San Francisco hair salon to get a wash and blow-out despite local restrictions, and without a mask despite being a staunch advocate of mask wearing and social distancing.


Steeve Strange

Steeve is the CEO & Co-Founder of The Scoop.

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