Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom appears to enjoy enforcing strict coronavirus-related restrictions much more than actually following them himself.
As a recent example, he and his wife attended a birthday party held for a political adviser last week in an act that drew scathing criticism from critics statewide — including in an editorial published in the Sacramento Bee.
“Will end up costing a lot more than $700”
The editorial staff savaged Newsom for attending the social gathering, accusing him of demonstrating “stunning hypocrisy.”
According to reports, the party violated COVID-19 protocols by including individuals from more than three households, which is the limit Newsom cited in a ban that went into effect on Oct. 9.
The editorial also noted the pricey menu at French Laundry, the ritzy restaurant where the birthday party was held and where the typical dinner costs about $350.
As the Bee editorial board noted, however, the event “will end up costing a lot more than $700 in terms of damage to Newsom’s credibility in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Talking out of both sides of his mouth”
In an apparent play on the restaurant’s name, the editorial concluded: “Nothing will launder the stain of stupidity from his reputation after this ill-conceived outing.”
Of course, plenty of critics on the other side of the aisle echoed the editorial writers in their own statements decrying Newsom’s behavior.
The state’s Republican Party tweeted that the governor “seems to be talking about of both sides of his mouth” when urging citizens to follow pandemic-related guidelines.
— CAGOP (@CAGOP) November 13, 2020
“We should have modeled better behavior”
While many Americans across California and beyond are similarly engaging in limited social celebrations, the main difference is that Newsom expects everyone else to make decisions he was apparently unable to make in his own personal life.
The governor ultimately responded with something of an apology, declaring that “while our family followed the restaurant’s protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”