California Governor Gavin Newsom is drawing intense criticism over his heavy-handed response to COVID including crushing restrictions on businesses that are the harshest in America.
Newsom’s mismanagement has greatly angered Californians, who have backed an effort to recall him that has a serious chance of being successful when residents will have their chance to cast their votes in a referendum on his dismal tenure later this year.
The governor is also facing criticism from outside his borders and one critic is Aaron Rodgers, the superstar quarterback for the NFL’s Green Bay Packers who called out Newsom over his dictatorial edicts that have devastated businesses.
.@AaronRodgers12 is right about Gavin Newsom.
Businesses have been open and shut more than 4 times while dealing with the terrible business environment Newsom has created. We need new leadership.https://t.co/XpC5g0njtK
— Kevin Faulconer (@Kevin_Faulconer) March 5, 2021
In an interview with Zenith watches that was posted to Instagram, the reigning NFL MVP threw a strike against Newsom’s tyranny:
“You know, we’re just trying to do our part and as we ease back into the training stuff in my professional life, I just want to make sure where I’m from and the area I’ve called home in the past are doing OK,”
“And California has really been hit hard by COVID and by the rules that the governor has put in place as well. It’s been nice to be able to help some people out and I think we’re all just waiting for a little bit of hope on the horizon.”
He also discussed his donation of $1 million to help locally owned businesses in his hometown of Chico, a shot in the arm that Newsom has refused to provide.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 1, 2021
The former California Golden Bears star’s remarks about a “little bit of hope on the horizon” could be interpreted by some to be a reference to the looming recall.
The quarterback previously blasted Newsom back in January before his team’s Super Bowl run was derailed by Tom Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Aaron Rodgers shreds Gavin Newsom and says counting on the government for help has become a “joke.”
— David Hookstead (@dhookstead) January 15, 2021
Rodgers didn’t pull any punches:
“I mean, they put these rules in place … they’re not even following their own rules,” Rodgers exclaimed. “How many people have gotten caught? Don’t travel, don’t leave the state. Oh, here’s so-and-so on a vacation. Oh, here’s so-and-so at a salon. Don’t eat out at a restaurant unless you’re wearing a mask and separate. Oh, here’s a picture of the governor of California violating those rules. Oh, public schools are closed but I can send my kids to a private school in person. It’s like, I mean, for us to count on the government to help us out is becoming a joke at this point.”
Newsom, who is the most embattled Democrat governor west of Andrew Cuomo, continues to double-down on his failed policies. Last week, he ripped Texas which allowed businesses to reopen at 100 percent capacity and rescinded mask mandates as “absolutely reckless.”
Absolutely reckless. https://t.co/3O5GsbSLpM
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) March 2, 2021
He then called for Californians to wear two masks, likely driving many more to support his recall.
It wasn’t that long ago that the media was hailing Newsom as a great example of how to handle the virus, but his fortunes dramatically shifted after he was caught violating his own restrictions in indoor dining by partying at an expensive French restaurant without wearing a mask in November.eee
Now that California’s failed response to the unprecedented health crisis is drawing attention with Newsom’s attention focused on clinging to political power, it’s probably reasonable to expect more big names to come out against him.