The LA Dem Standard: It's Okay Not To Wear Masks If You're Holding Your Breath
If you wonder where someone as graceless, charmless and tone-deaf as Kamala Harris could have come from, the answer is California politics where a rigged one-party state has freed Democrats from having to do anything except be puppets of a political machine.
Governor Newsom leads a particularly charmed life, having imposed ruthless measures that he never bothers living by, and then responding with the dumbest possible excuses, but Garcetti, who's being dispatched as ambassador to India, because Biden hates Modi, is making him hold his mask and his beer.
Los Angeles Mayor — and Biden Administration ambassadorial nominee — Eric Garcetti today defended his actions after maskless photos surfaced of him and Lakers great Magic Johnson, along with San Francisco Mayor London Breed, at SoFi Stadium last weekend for the NFC Championship game.
Johnson later tweeted a series of photos from the event featuring himself and a number of others in a luxury box overlooking the field. They included Garcetti, Breed and California Governor Gavin Newsom. None of them are wearing masks in the photos, despite a local public health officer order requiring attendees to wear masks at all times during so-called outdoor “mega events,” except when “actively eating or drinking.” Johnson is in a high risk group for Covid, given his HIV status and age.
To be fair, at this point Magic Johnson seems to be pretty much immortal. And Newsom is politically immortal, so why bother following the rules?
“I’ll take personal responsibility,” said Garcetti in answer to a reporter’s question about the photos, “and if it makes you and everyone else happy — or even the photographs with people where literally I’m holding my breath for two seconds — I won’t even do that.”
The passive aggressive response from a guy who was preventing people from going to the beach is epic.
What I love are the political bosses who impose the rules and then whine like babies when they get caught breaking them.
"I'll take personal responsibility... if it makes you and everyone else happy."
Newsom was asked about the photos on Monday. He indicated he only doffed his mask for the snapshot.
“You’re correct,” he said when asked about going maskless at SoFi. “I was very judicious yesterday. Very judicious. You’ll see the photo that I did take, Magic was kind enough, generous enough, to ask me for a photograph and in my left hand’s the mask and I took the photo. The rest of the time I wore it as we all should, um — not when I had a glass of water — and I encourage everybody else to do so. And, uh, that’s it.”
In the photo of the two which Johnson posted, however, there is no mask in Newsom’s left hand. The image could, of course, have been flipped before it was posted.
Very judicious indeed.
Asked if he should he have reconsidered taking off his mask, given his 2020 incident at the French Laundry, the governor responded, “Yes, of course. I was trying to be gracious. I made a mis — I was trying to be gracious. I took the mask off for a brief second but, no, I encourage people to continue to wear them.”
I'm trying to be gracious too. That's why this post doesn't end with a string of obscenities. But I encourage people to wear masks as often as Newsom does.