California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) confessed and apologized to angry constituents on Friday after it was revealed that he and his wife attended a “pricey dinner party” that didn’t adhere to the coronavirus-related guidelines he’s pushed on everyone else in the state, the New York Post reported.
Newsom admitted that he went to a birthday dinner at French Laundry for a political consultant that had 12 guests from more than three different households, in violation of his own recommendations put in place to help curb the spread of COVID-19. Dinners at French Laundry cost around $350 per person, “not including wine,” according to the Sacramento Bee.
Newsom’s hypocritical behavior didn’t appear to sit well with Californians.
“Is it setting a good example to do what you’re telling the rest of us not to do?” Napa resident Kelly Vandenakker asked, according to the Post.
Meanwhile, the state GOP tweeted that Newsom was talking out of “both sides of his mouth” by telling constituents to follow precautions that he himself did not follow.
— CAGOP (@CAGOP) November 13, 2020
The Sacramento Bee‘s editorial board also blasted Newsom for going to the party, arguing, “Nothing will launder the stain of stupidity from his reputation after this ill-conceived outing.”
Saying it was “stunning hypocrisy” to go to a gathering reminiscent of the Thanksgiving get-togethers Newsom has been asking Californians to forgo this year, the Bee also pointed out the obvious income inequality that was part of the situation.
“It’s no secret that the Newsoms have tons of money, but it’s très gauche of them to flaunt it at a time like this,” the board wrote.
After the fact, Newsom admitted that it was a mistake to go to the dinner — sort of.
“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner,” Newsom said in a statement, The Hill reported.
In other words, Newsom knows the optics of his actions are terrible, but he felt he had a right to attend the dinner anyway, so he did. It seems when you’re among the Democratic elite, the rules just don’t apply to you.