The problems for embattled California Gov. Gavin Newsom continue to mount. Not that long ago, he was a popular leader with around a 60% approval rating. All that changed at the end of last year. He reinstated COVID restrictions in the fall, even forbidding American citizens from celebrating Thanksgiving or Christmas. He botched the vaccination rollout, as state counties struggled to organize.
All this and cases in the state haven’t gotten better. Many people compared them to Florida, which has no restrictions, is doing better with vaccinations, and has somewhat fewer cases.
Newsom has faced a movement for a recall. They reached their signature requirement, according to reports, and will get it verified this month. If all goes according to their plan, Newsom will face a recall election in November.
Now, his problems are getting worse as the Supreme Court once again ruled against him in favor of the churches he shut down. And people are criticizing his double standard.
On Friday, the Supreme Court issued a ruling on religious freedom that could be another blow to California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom as he faces a recall effort. The Court ordered Santa Clara County to allow churches to hold indoor worship services…
Nebraska GOP senator Ben Sasse responded to the ruling, asserting, “Gavin Newsom can get a reservation at the French Laundry but he can’t rewrite the First Amendment. States that intentionally target religious liberty have been slapped down by the courts again and again. The message is clear: This pandemic doesn’t rewrite the Constitution.” [Source: Daily Wire]
The Supreme Court has been consistently ruling in favor of churches that have been shut down by governor orders. This is the second time the court has stepped in for California churches, the first being churches in southern California.
It didn’t take long for people to draw comparisons to Newsom’s orders and the way he’s been behaving. Perhaps the biggest blow to his leadership has been the apparent acts of hypocrisy by Newsom. He issued significantly strict rules over the pandemic—especially targeting churches. Some of his ridiculous demands prevented churches from meeting, even outdoors. He later said that churches that do assemble can’t even sing.
Someone needs to explain to Gavin that the First Amendment prevents the government from both preventing free worship and restricting it in any way, shape, or form. Time and again the Supreme Court has ruled that a pandemic is not grounds to suspend our most fundamental rights.
Newsom shut down businesses, churches, and schools, but has been seen numerous times inside restaurants. He was outed for attending a large gathering at a restaurant months ago, then more recently appeared in a TikTok video while attending another closed establishment.
Few would disagree that the man thinks the rules don’t apply to him. He seems unconcerned that a movement to oust him is growing day-by-day. Numerous candidates are already sharpening their knives, ready to take him down. Yet he continues to act like he is untouchable.
I guess we’ll find out if that’s true, soon enough.