California Gov. Gavin Newsom visibly struggled Monday to explain why he was photographed violating Los Angeles County’s indoor mask mandate at the NFC title game.
“I was trying to be gracious and I made a mist — you know, I mean I was trying to be gracious and took the mask off for a brief second. But no, I encourage people to continue to wear them,” Newsom said at a press conference, a day after taking a photo with Los Angeles Lakers legend Magic Johnson in what appeared to be a stadium suite.
California Democrat Gov. Newsom doesn't apologize for violating his OWN indoor mask mandate:
"I was trying to be gracious and I made a mist—you know, I mean I was trying to be gracious and took the mask off for a brief second. But no, I encourage people to continue to wear them" pic.twitter.com/yTEy5l7Eqg
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 31, 2022
Other Democratic notables who were spotted maskless at SoFi Stadium during the Los Angeles Rams’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.
In November 2020, Newsom apologized amid public backlash after he was caught attending a lavish dinner party at a restaurant in Napa in November 2020 in defiance of his own COVID-19 restrictions.
Here is CA Gov. Gavin Newsom attending a friend's birthday at the French Laundry in Napa on 11/6.
The diner who took these pictures sent them exclusively to @FOXLA. She was surprised to see the Gov. with so many other families.
He's apologized & vowed never to do it again. pic.twitter.com/UsP4cktZ9h
— Elex Michaelson (@Elex_Michaelson) November 18, 2020