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‘Liars Gonna Lie’: Newsom Slammed For Going Maskless At NFL Playoff Game, Then Claiming He Didn’t

Last updated on February 1, 2022

California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom was slammed on social media Monday after he appeared to violate the state and county mask mandates while attending the NFC Championship game at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.

During the matchup between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers, Newsom was photographed maskless with L.A. Lakers legend and NBA Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. Johnson posted the picture to his Instagram page, as well as other pictures with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti, San Francisco Mayor London Breed, actor Rob Lowe, and L.A. Dodgers Executive Vice President Lon Rosen.

The maskless photo of Newsom violates the state of California’s indoor mask mandate, imposed by Newsom himself in December and extended through February 15, as well Los Angeles County’s mask mandate, which is enforced by SoFi Stadium. Pressed on the issue at a news conference Monday, Newsom claimed he only took the mask off to take the pictures with Johnson. “I was very judicious yesterday, very judicious, and you’ll see the photo that I did take, where Magic was kind enough, generous enough to ask me for a photograph, and in my left hand is the mask and I took the photo,” Newsom said. “The rest of the time I wore it, as we all should, [except] when I had a glass of water, or anything, and I encourage everybody else to do so. And that’s it.”

Pressed again by another reporter on his history of violating mask mandates, and on the potential message it would send to flout mask rules again, Newsom doubled down. “I was trying to be gracious,” he said. “I took the mask off for a brief second. But I encourage people to continue to wear them.”

“We need to be vigilant, and we need to maintain that vigilance. I did so, with that exception, and I look forward to continuing to maintain vigilance in the future,” he added.

Unfortunately for Newsom, his mask cannot be seen in the picture with Johnson, and Outkick’s Clay Travis pointed out that Newsom went maskless for more than just that photo:

And Fadde Mikhail, sports and entertainment agent and Republican Congressional Candidate for California’s 26th Congressional District, tweeted that he sat two suites over from Newsom and said he never wore a mask during the entire game.

Twitter users blasted Newsom for flouting his state’s own mask rules, with many pointing out that while Newsom was rubbing elbows with celebrities, students in his state would be forced to wear masks when they went to school Monday morning:

Newsom has a history of flouting mask mandates, as do Garcetti and Breed, but they aren’t the only high-profile politicians to flout mask mandates in their home state. The Daily Wire reported earlier this month that New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was seen entering a popular restaurant in the state without a mask. The restaurant owner blasted Gillibrand on social media, writing, “I guess Senator Gillibrand thinks that the Governor is wrong or she is special and above the rules.”

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