Saturday, October 1, 2022

California Gov. Gavin Newsom faces new criticism for not wearing a mask

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom is facing fresh criticism for removing his face mask, resurrecting a politically sensitive issue that has eclipsed the Democratic governor since he was caught without a mask at a 2020 private party. that defied his own pandemic. security orders.

The latest investigation comes after basketball legend Ervin “Magic” Johnson tweeted a photo of himself with the governor at Sunday’s NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles – both beaming with unmasked smiles.

Earlier this month, California health officials extended the state’s mandate to use masks indoors through February 15 as micromicron infections skyrocketed. Stadium rules allow people to remove their masks only when eating and drinking.

Newsom told reporters in Los Angeles on Monday that he only took off his mask briefly for a photo with Johnson and otherwise “very prudently” left it in place. He indicated that he sometimes took it off to drink water.

“The rest of the time I wore it, like the rest of us,” he said. “I encourage everyone else to do so.”

Republicans saw the photo as yet another example of hypocrisy, recalling Newsom’s months of public stigma after he was caught without a mask at a 2020 birthday party at a luxury restaurant in Northern California. This event helped provoke a recall attempt, which he defeated in September.

Newsom’s latest image without a mask in a public place was criticized by Republican National Committee spokeswoman Halle Balch, who said “the Democrats’ total lack of respect for the citizens of California is appalling.”

She added: “California Democrats are hypocrites. When it comes to their own enjoyment, they violate government regulations as well as stadium regulations, which shows that they firmly believe that their own rules do not apply to them.”

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