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Thomas Gallatin / Nov. 16, 2020

Gavin Newsom's COVID Hypocrisy Exposed

He attended a birthday party flouting his own coronavirus shutdown rules.

Rules for thee but not for me. Among the truest indicators that one is a totalitarian elitist is an unwillingness to submit to the very rules one imposes on everyone else. The coronavirus pandemic, like climate change, has served to expose the number of elected officials who display this authoritarian hypocrisy.

California was one of the earliest states to lock down in response to the coronavirus, and it has maintained varying degrees of shutdown measures ever since. Therefore, it came as quite the display of hypocrisy when Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, who has repeatedly preached the social-distancing and mask-wearing gospel, was caught blatantly disregarding both.

As reported by the Associated Press, “For months, Gov. Gavin Newsom has pleaded with Californians to resist the temptation to socialize with friends and relatives outside their household. Turns out, he’s the one who couldn’t resist. Newsom acknowledged Friday he attended a birthday party with a dozen friends on Nov. 6 at the posh French Laundry restaurant in wine country north of San Francisco. … According to the [San Francisco] Chronicle, representatives for [Jason Kinney, a Newsom friend and political adviser] and Newsom declined to specify how many households the diners represented, but did not dispute that it was more than three.”

Newsom’s own Department of Health has issued COVID rules that limit the number of households in all private gatherings — even outdoors — to only three, with people required to maintain at least six feet of distance from other households at all times. In fact, this same Health Department last month infamously issued a bulletin directing individuals dining in restaurants to wear masks between bites. Most folks have figured out that Newsom’s draconian rules put Thanksgiving on the chopping block.

Newsom joins the growing list of elected Democrat officials who, like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have been caught flouting the very rules they so adamantly insist everyone should adhere to — under the threat of punishment. The Wall Street Journal’s editorial board calls out two other exemplary hypocrites: “Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Delaware to celebrate Joe Biden’s election victory even as she told her residents not to travel to other states. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is saying that people must ‘cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans,’ and invite no guests, even as she joined a street party celebrating Mr. Biden’s apparent victory and spoke with a bullhorn.”

Clearly, these elected officials don’t take the virus as seriously as their hype and regulations would suggest. Worse, they see the American people as peons to be ruled, not as fellow citizens whose rights they have been tasked with protecting.

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