Gov. Newsom apologizes for attending guideline-breaking party, says it was a ‘bad mistake’
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom has apologized for attending a 12-person birthday party, which went against his own coronavirus guidelines, after accusations of being a hypocrite.
This is amid surging virus cases in his state and across the rest of the country and new restrictions that have been introduced. According to the San Fransisco Chronicle, the party two weeks ago was for his advisor Jason Kinney.
At a Monday press conference, the governor told reporters in his apology that “We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes.”
In explaining the situation, Newsom said that he was invited to a close friend’s 50th birthday party that occurred at a restaurant in an outdoor setting in Napa County, which he mentioned “was in the ‘orange’ status, relatively loose compared to some other counties.”
When Newsom and his wife arrived later than some of the other guests to the restaurant, however, there were more guests than he had anticipated. “As soon as I sat down at the larger table,” he said “I realized it was a little larger group than I had anticipated.”
The Golden State’s governor then said that staying at that dinner was a “bad mistake” that he should not have made.
“I made a bad mistake,” he said. “Instead of sitting down, I should have stood up and walked back, got in my car, and drove back to my house. Instead I chose to sit there with my wife and a number of other couples that were outside the household.”
“You can quibble about the guidelines, et cetera, et cetera—but the spirit of what I’m preaching all the time was contradicted. And I gotta own that,” Newsom continued. “And so I want to apologize to you because I need to preach and practice, not just preach and not practice, and I’ve done my best to do that.”
“We’re all human. We all fall short sometimes,” he added.
In an attempt to clear his name further, the governor of the nation’s most populous state said that since February he and his wife have been out only three times for social occasions, including this most recent time at his friend’s birthday party.
Last week, California surpassed a million new coronavirus cases as the amount of cases in the United States have grown past 10 million, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.
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