The rule among elected officials in California continues to be “OK for me, but not for thee.”
On Sunday, in a suite at SoFi stadium, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and San Francisco Mayor London Breed all appeared in pictures with basketball great Earvin “Magic” Johnson during the NFC Championship game not wearing masks as is mandated in Los Angeles and at the stadium.
The pictures are just the latest in ongoing incidents involving elected officials who do not follow their own COVID mandates and regulations.
@GavinNewsom did you enjoy #SFvsLAR tonight at @SoFiStadium? Love your gorgeous maskless face! Unmask my children now please. My toddler, 5yr old, and 7 yr old are going to school in LA County tomorrow and will be sent home if they unmask like this, even outside. pic.twitter.com/ChUgV3yZTK
— Mother Trucker (@hamill_law) January 31, 2022
Calling Out Hypocrisy
The rampant hypocrisy was not lost on Republican State Senator Melissa Melendez, who tweeted out, “Toddlers are being forced to wear masks all day long in school. Maybe one day they’ll be governor or the mayor of L.A. and they won’t have to follow the rules they impose on others.”
According to a report from the Sacramento Bee, during a Monday morning press conference, Newsom stated:
“I was very judicious yesterday. Very judicious. And you’ll see in the photo that I did take, where 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. 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. And that’s it.”
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The official rules for SoFi Stadium require masks at all times in the stadium, unless actively eating or drinking.
California Republican Party Chairwoman Jessica Millan Patterson also blasted the Governor’s double standard, saying:
“Quite the message for @GavinNewsom to send to California parents, that they still must send their children to school in masks while he ignores his rules and gets to watch some football mask free. #RulesForThee. In related news, are we done with your state of emergency now?”
Toddlers are being forced to wear masks all day long in school. Maybe one day they’ll be governor or the mayor of LA and they won’t have the follow the rules they impose on others. pic.twitter.com/YGJDZeBxGA
— Senator Melissa Melendez (@senatormelendez) January 31, 2022
For Super Bowl Fans, Restrictions Will Be Tighter
For those attending this year’s Super Bowl game at the same stadium, the rules will be strict.
In addition to wearing a mask at all times, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating or drinking, proof of vaccination 14 days prior will be required, or a negative test result 24 hours prior to game time.
FYI…I was two boxes down from Gov. @GavinNewsom . Not once, was he wearing a mask. IF our governor doesn’t wear a mask in a stadium with 80K in it, why the hell should anyone be wearing a mask. #CA26 #ImRunning for you.
— Fadde (@fadde) January 31, 2022
Not The First Time For Newsom Or Breed
Sunday’s outing to the football game was not Gavin Newsom’s first outing exempting himself from his state’s mask policies. Back in November, Newsom was spotted with a large group of people, also indoors and unmasked, at the pricey French Laundry restaurant.
San Francisco Mayor London Breed also violated her own city’s mask mandates. In September of 2021, Breed was seen on a video dancing maskless in a crowded jazz club. Breed immediately cast herself as a victim of the “fun police,” implying that her mask indiscretions were OK because she was merely “feeling the spirit.”
The Super Bowl will be played on February 13. No word on whether or not any of California’s elected officials will be in attendance wearing a mask, or if they will be “feeling the spirit” of once again ignoring their own rules.
It appears that in California the mask mandates are for the peasants. When you live the life of luxury like Gov. Gavin Newsom does COVID cannot penetrate your luxury suite.
— ForAmerica (@ForAmerica) January 31, 2022