(PresidentialInsider.com)- Radio host Jesse Kelly often says that the people who are telling you to be afraid of COVID are not themselves afraid of COVID, and that should tell you everything you need to know. And there is no better example of this than California Governor Gavin Newsom.
In November of 2020, while Californians were forced to wear masks and barred from indoor dining entirely, Newsom, his wife, and a number of wealthy, influential lobbyists and donors were photographed dining indoors at the elite French Laundry restaurant in Napa. And not one of them was wearing a mask.
And last week, a photo posted to Instagram showed Newsom’s ten-year-old son at basketball camp indoors with a group of other children. The children were all maskless and not practicing social distancing.
Now, on the one hand, who can blame the children for not wanting to wear masks while at camp? They’re kids. They should be able to run around or play with their friends without having to stay six feet apart and hide behind masks. Children are far less likely to contract COVID than adults are, let alone die from it.
But the optics of the Instagram photo were definitely a problem for Newsom who, like every other Democrat, puts great stock in good optics.
When the news went viral, Newsom yanked his children from basketball camp, then his office issued a statement blaming the camp for the bad optics. Newsom’s spokesperson Erin Mellon claimed that Gavin and his wife were “concerned” over the picture showing unvaccinated children indoors without masks. And after seeing it, they removed their children from the camp.
The spokesperson went on to say that, after the Newsoms reviewed all the emails from the camp, they discovered one they had not read that informed parents that the camp would not be enforcing masking guidance.
In other words, Newsom threw the basketball camp under the bus as a way to avoid public embarrassment and accusations of hypocrisy.
It could’ve been worse. He could’ve thrown his son under the bus.