California Sheriff Defies Gavin Newsom: I Refuse to Make Criminals out of Business Owners and Moms

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Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco isn’t about to begin harassing the American people for doing what they should be doing, and that’s going back out and earning a living, producing goods, and generally creating a healthy society. As such, he told the Riverside County Board of Supervisors that he and his department will not be enforcing Governor Gavin Newsom’s overreaching orders.

Bianco began by noting that it wasn’t that long ago that the government “ordered residents into their homes, closed their businesses, made them wear masks, forbid them from going to church, and eliminated constitutional freedoms put in place over 200 years ago” in the name of curbing the public health crisis.

Bianco admitted that it worked, but that while the curve was flattened, there were other numbers not being emphasized.

“What isn’t being emphasized is that 2,000 of the 4,300 people who have tested positive have already recovered and returned to work,” said Bianco. “What that means is that out of two and a half million people in Riverside County, we have only 2,300 residents positive with this virus. Statistically, that is less than a tenth of one percent.”


Bianco also noted that the tragic loss of 181 lives due to the virus, but also threw out the stat that this was 7/1000 of one percent.

The sheriff emphasized that looking after the health of the residents is important but so is looking after the fiscal health of its residents as well. He urged that county leadership look at facts and data, not projections and fear.

“The fact is, everyone doesn’t have to be afraid of this virus. Without other serious issues, the dangers of this virus are significantly lower, if not eliminated,” he said.

Bianco said that from the beginning, he decided he wouldn’t be enforcing the stay-at-home order, betting that residents would do the right thing, and he was proven right. The sheriff took the moment to reiterate that stance as people are returning to work and declaring that he will not enforce unreasonable orders.

“I knew they could be trusted to act as responsible adults, and I was correct. As we continue, I will reinforce my position. Not only do we not have the resources to enforce unreasonable orders, I refuse to make criminals out of business owners, single moms, and otherwise healthy individuals for exercising their constitutional rights. I believe Riverside County residents are responsible enough to proceed cautiously,” said Bianco.


Bianco addressed the idea of there being a “new normal,” a quote directly taken from Gavin Newsom who told everyone that we aren’t going back to normal.

“There cannot be a new normal,” he said. “We are talking about a country formed on the fundamental freedoms of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Any new normal is a direct attack on those basic rights, which set us apart and make us the greatest country in the world.”



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