Immediately after ordering an immediate shutdown of 94 percent of the state (more details on that in a bit) and hinting that he might soon implement a statewide curfew, California Gov. Gavin Newsom offered a disgustingly tone-deaf terrible “apology” for his recent attendance at a friend’s 50th birthday party.
As we reported Friday, Newsom broke his own rules by dining out in a large group that consisted of people from more than three households. The dinner was at one of the most expensive restaurants in the country, Napa’s French Laundry, where dinner can run up to $1,000 a person. This, while tens of thousands of Californians stitll don’t have their unemployment benefits because the state Employment Development Department is so terribly run.
Here’s what Newsom had to say at his noon press conference:
“Now, on the minimize mixing, I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge something just before we go into the Q&A. And that is, very soberly acknowlege that a few weeks ago I was asked to go to a friend’s 50th birthday, my wife and I, a friend that I’ve known for almost 20 years and a friend that, well, put a lot of time and energy into his 50th birthday.
SO WHAT. We don’t care that your friend put a lot of time and energy into his 50th birthday. Do you know how many couples put a lot of time and energy into weddings or milestone anniversary celebrations? Do you know how many quinceaneras have been canceled? Do you know how many people have had to grieve the loss of their loved ones without the comfort of friends and family because they can’t have a large gathering? NONE OF US CARE THAT YOUR FRIEND PUT TIME AND ENERGY INTO HIS FANCY-A$$ SOIREE.
Continuing to put his foot in his mouth, Newsom explained:
It was in Napa, which was in the orange status, relatively loose compared to some other counties. It was an outdoor restaurant, and we – well, the program started at 4:00. It was one of those early reservations. I got there a little bit late, at 4:30. And as soon as I sat down at the larger table I realized that it was a little larger group than I had anticipated, and I made a bad mistake. Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my car, and drove back to my house. Instead, I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household.
You can quibble about the guidelines, et cetera, et cetera, but the spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted, and I gotta own that, and so I want to apologize to you, because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that. We’re all human, we all fall short sometimes.
Quibble? He’s called out and he thinks we’re “quibbling” with him? And does anyone believe he’s in the least bit contrite for making the choice to sit down instead of go home? Aw, hell no. He’s only mad he got caught. He’s probably having the owner look over video footage to see if they can identify who tipped off the Chronicle.
But he still didn’t shut up. He continued to try to identify with normal people.
We’ve been out, I think, three times since – in fact, I know it’s been three times because I remember all of those dinners very, very vividly, since February, just three times. Twice with my wife, by myself, outdoors, and then this one occasion with a larger group, and there were just a few extra people there than the spirit of what I am promoting. And so if you’re gonna minimize mixing, you gotta own up to that.
Okay.. most of us have only been out a few times since February. You are not helping yourself here. He continued:
I just want folks to know that. Paid for our dinner, and we – you know, we had an early dinner, but it didn’t matter. I shouldn’t have been there. I should have turned back around. So when that happens you pay the price but you also own the mistake and you don’t ever make it again. And you have my word on that.
Blah, blah, blah. Newsom had a few more words and guffaws, “Yeah, COVID fatigue is real,” as if he identifies with average Californians. No, Governor. Your kids are in school. You’re getting paid. You’ve had zero interruption in your life and you still pull this crap AND you don’t pay your taxes.
So respectfully, take your Blueprint for reopening the economy and shove it. We’re done here.
If you can stand his disgusting voice and stomach watching him smile through this, here’s the video.