Was it another French Laundry moment, or the latest installment of “MaskGate” at Sunday’s NFC Championship game in Los Angeles? Photos on social media brought us images of unmasked California Gov. Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, posing for pics with Magic Johnson, despite the Los Angeles County mask mandate and SoFi Stadium requirements.
Who can blame them? Wearing a mask everywhere you go, or all day is nauseating. Why can’t they admit this?
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Hanging out at SoFi Stadium today! pic.twitter.com/XfotiRLGz9
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) January 31, 2022
While California teens, children and even toddlers are still cruelly being forced to wear masks all day long in government schools throughout the state, and businesses are required to enforce indoor masking, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, Mayors and celebrities were seen and photographed at the NFC Championship game looking normal without masks on, among 80,000 screaming fans. In fact, masks were not evident on anyone in the stands.
The moment should have turned the tide; the mandates should have been lifted. But that’s not what happened.
Instead our unserious politicians doubled down on stupid.
Rather than apologizing for violating his own statewide mask orders as well as the LA mask orders, Gov. Newsom claimed he’d been wearing it the whole time and only shed his mask for the photo op with Johnson. But there are other photos and video of him maskless.
Claiming to be thoughtful, “You’re correct,” Newsom said when asked about going maskless at SoFi stadium, Deadline reported. “I was very judicious yesterday. Very judicious. You’ll see the photo that I did take, Magic was kind enough, generous enough, to ask me for a photograph and in my left hand’s the mask and I took the photo. The rest of the time I wore it as we all should, um — not when I had a glass of water — and I encourage everybody else to do so. And, uh, that’s it.”
Asked if he should he have reconsidered taking off his mask, given his 2020 incident at the French Laundry, the governor responded, “Yes, of course. I was trying to be gracious. I made a mis — I was trying to be gracious,” Deadline reported. “I took the mask off for a brief second but, no, I encourage people to continue to wear them.”
My BS Meter exploded. He couldn’t even choke out the word “mistake.” Does Gov. Newsom have any humility? Does he think or even care that California residents are not so stupid as to believe his schtick?
Not to be outdone by the governor, Mayor Garcetti was even more of a clown when confronted. Garcetti said he held his breath to take the photo with Magic Johnson and Mayor Breed. Apparently Garcetti believes COVID germs don’t travel when you hold your breath.
“I’ll take personal responsibility,” Garcetti said when asked about the photos, “and if it makes you and everyone else happy — or even the photographs with people where literally I’m holding my breath for two seconds — I won’t even do that.”
It’s a shame Assemblyman James Gallagher wasn’t there. He’s the only one who made sense: “Gavin was judicious, Garcetti held his breath… C’mon man. Stop. They don’t really believe masking is necessary. Nor did any one else around them or anyone in that stadium for that matter. End of story.”
Gavin was judicious, Garcetti held his breath… C’mon man. Stop. They don’t really believe masking is necessary. Nor did any one else around them or anyone in that stadium for that matter. End of story. https://t.co/qnPt3igs2e
— James Gallagher (@J_GallagherAD3) February 3, 2022
Narcissists don’t feel shame or hypocrisy. While narcissists may recognize they are being hypocritical on an intellectual level when caught red-handed, they do not feel like they are being unfair or hypocritical.
This is why elections matter. These politicians are toying with the lives, livelihoods and well-being of 40 million people, and have been for the last two years.
Assemblyman Gallagher is right: They don’t really believe masking is necessary. No one at that game should have been in a mask.
Riddle me this: California is still in a State of Emergency and is hosting the Super Bowl.
Public health officials and the CDC are finally admitting that masks don’t stop the COVID virus, or any virus. Entire countries are removing mask and vaccine mandates.
Despite no masking requirements at all recent NFL football games at SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced that attendees at the February 13, 2022 Super Bowl LVI will be required to wear KN95 masks from China while at the game at SoFi stadium, unless they are eating or drinking.
They are doubling down on control measures while they will continue to break their own rules.
How exactly will LA County and SoFi Stadium enforce this mask mandate? Will Public Health Director Ferrer hire enforcers to mull about the crowd and issue citations to violators?
The people have an expectation that those who set these foolish rules have to follow them along with the rest of us.
The people also have an expectation that the politicians who fought so hard to get elected care about governing. But they don’t appear to, and it’s never been more evident. Politics is now a lifestyle.
What he and other California politicians have demonstrated over and over again is there is no state of emergency. This is all political theater at this point in time, two years into this pandemic/endemic, and has been for many of the state’s politicians for the full two years.
“While 5 year olds are forced to mask all day in California, Gavin Newsom and the mayors of LA and San Francisco are enjoying packed events maskless,” a Twitter friend said.
“Masks are nonsense….Covid has now become nonsense….if not in the world of science certainly in the world of California politicians…none of this is being taken seriously at all….we are in a state of emergency and hosting the super bowl…end the mandates….knock it off with the virtue signaling and lying….we’ve moved past it…enough is enough,” said a commenter on the Deadline article.
Couldn’t have said it any better.
Perhaps the most poignant response came from another Twitter friend:
Eric Garcetti hopes you’re dumb enough to believe that he held his breath every single time he took his mask off at the Rams game. pic.twitter.com/r4FQeE24FY
— Follow @KevinForBOS (@KevinDaltonLA) February 3, 2022
This doctor agrees.
— Houman David Hemmati, MD, PhD (@houmanhemmati) February 3, 2022
And then there is this:
I’m planning on holding my breath for the entirety of the Super Bowl game. Don’t even think about harassing me to put on a mask. 🙄 https://t.co/lDXSc6HItV
— Shawn Dreyfus, Esquire || שושנה 🇺🇦 (@ShawnDreyfuss59) February 3, 2022
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