California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s dinner at The French Laundry in Yountville, California was an expensive one. That goes without saying; it’s a restaurant with three Michelin stars in the midst of Napa Valley, which isn’t exactly the province of In-N-Out Burger.
It’s not a question of the monetary cost of the dinner, however. Goodness knows Newsom can afford it. Instead, it cost him something money can’t buy as he locks his state down yet again: credibility.
That’s why “Hercules” actor Kevin Sorbo — along with a litany of others — are taking to social media to lampoon the governor over the hypocrisy of the whole affair.
On Thursday, Newsom announced a 10 p.m.-to-5 a.m. curfew on nonessential work and gatherings for counties in California’s so-called “purple tier” — the ones most severely affected by the disease. More than 94 percent of the state’s population lives in those 41 counties, according to The New York Times.
“This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month,” Newsom said in a tweet about the “limited Stay at Home order.”
“Together–we can flatten the curve again.”
Due to the rise in #COVID19 cases, CA is issuing a limited Stay at Home Order.
Non-essential work and gatherings must stop from 10pm-5am in counties in the purple tier.
This will take effect at 10pm on Saturday and remain for 1 month.
Together–we can flatten the curve again.
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2020
This came less than a week after the state announced restrictions for gatherings, including Thanksgiving, that mandated they had to be held outdoors in the purple tier, are limited to members of three households only and must have members of different households sitting six feet apart. It also came less than a week after Newsom’s attendance at the birthday party at The French Laundry first broke.
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A spokeswoman for the Newsom adviser who the party was for initially said that it was “held outdoors with family and a few close friends,” and Newsom himself said he “followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions,” although he conceded he “should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”
That was before pictures from the “outdoor” dinner with those “health protocols” and “safety precautions” broke:
EXCLUSIVE: We’ve obtained photos of Governor Gavin Newsom at the Napa dinner party he’s in hot water over. The photos call into question just how outdoors the dinner was. A witness who took photos tells us his group was so loud, the sliding doors had to be closed. 10pm on @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/gtOVEwa864
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 18, 2020
A day before those pictures broke, Newsom probably put it a bit more succinctly: “I made a bad mistake,” he said. Well, yes.
Whatever the case,