California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is facing criticism for another visit to a restaurant amid the COVID-19 pandemic — but this time, Newsom denies actually eating at the establishment.
According to Fox News, controversy erupted after Newsom posted a video on his TikTok account showing him inside the restaurant alongside actor and comedian George Lopez. A photo shows them apparently standing within six feet of one another.
Look at the table and decide for yourself. They were there for an hour. pic.twitter.com/1spIyiC4vT
— CaliforniaGirlinaCaliforniaWorld (@PorscheCutie) February 28, 2021
Did he eat there?
The restaurant Newsom and Lopez were caught visiting is known as Los Amigos, and is located in Fresno, California. The locality is currently under a coronavirus-related restriction that bars indoor dining.
A spokesperson for the governor has denied that the Democrat ate there, however, and said he was there to speak with the owners. Coincidentally, he also appeared in the TikTok with Lopez, where the two spoke “about where to look for coronavirus vaccine eligibility,” as Fox reported.
“How do I find out if I can get a vaccination?” Lopez asks the governor in the clip.
“George, you’ve got to go to myturn.ca.gov,” Newsom responds. Take a look:
@gavinnewsomSpecial guest @georgelopez today in Fresno!♬ original sound – Gavin Newsom
More problems for Newsom
Whether or not he actually sat down for a meal at the restaurant, the clip wasn’t a good look for Newsom, who is already taking flak — even still — over an incident that occurred back in November 2020.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Newsom was caught at the time dining maskless with people who didn’t live within his household at a restaurant in Napa, despite his own guidelines discouraging the practice.
After a backlash, Newsom admitted he “should have stood up and…drove back to my house,” as Fox News reported. “The spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. I need to preach and practice, not just preach,” the Democrat added.
This incident and Newsom’s mishandling of California’s overall response to the coronavirus served as the impetus for a recall effort currently being lodged against the governor. Thus far, organizers have collected over 1.8 million signatures, but they still need over a million more, they say, to keep the process moving forward.