Conservative and Republican radio host California The gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder criticized the governor. Gavin Newsom for “ignoring science” and called his mask “hypocrisy” at a rally.
“Where do you start for the work that this man, Gavin Newsom, has been doing for the past two years?” Elder told his supporters on Saturday in the Pacific Palisades.
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He went on to accuse Newsom of “ignoring the science” by implementing a mask warrant for state agents amid wide dissemination vaccination in the state, as well as to require all students and school staff to wear masks this coming school year.
The Tory radio host is currently leading the tight race to topple Newsom in a September recall election, according to a Emerson College / Nexstar Media survey, garnering the support of 16% of voters.
Elder also targeted the incident that helped trigger Newsom’s recall: photos from November showing the Democratic governor dining at a fancy restaurant without a mask and surrounded by people outside his own home.
“He incurred a wine bill of $ 12,000,” Elder said of the dinner. “It’s just for the wine.”
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“He was sitting with the same lobbyists and medical professionals who drafted the mandates they were violating by not wearing masks and not socially distancing themselves,” he continued, calling it “hypocrisy. “.
Newsom was widely exhausted for dinner and apologized shortly after the photos were released, saying he should “preach and practice, not just preach and not practice.”
Newsom came under fire again last month after photos of his young son attending a maskless camp were released.
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Current California guidelines for children between the ages of 2 and 11 state that they must wear masks for “youth camps, youth sports and other youth activities, including theatrical and musical performances and the orchestra. An update to CDC guidelines is coming for youth facilities. “
The Newsom quickly withdrew their children from the camp, with the Democratic governor later accusing critics of “arming” his son.
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“I looked at the network news last night and they gun my son, who was sitting there with me crying last night. You want to sue me, sue me. He didn’t do anything wrong,” he said. he declared.
At the rally, Elder also criticized Newsom’s strict coronavirus lockdown orders last year, which he said wiped out many California businesses.
“This guy has dashed the hopes and dreams of countless Californians who have lost businesses,” Elder said.
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“Only about half of the jobs were restored here before the pandemic while the national average is two-thirds,” he continued.
Newsom’s office did not immediately respond to a request from Fox News to comment on Elder’s remarks.
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