California sheriff rebels towards Governor Newsom's new restrictions – will not be "bullied or blackmailed"
Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco said he was not being "bullied or blackmailed" by California Governor Gavin Newsom to enforce new COVID-19 rules.
Sheriff: Newsom is a hypocrite
In a video statement posted on YouTube, Sheriff Bianco criticized Governor Newsom's "dictatorial attitude" towards California residents. Bianco noted that the governor had threatened to draw funds from counties that would not enforce his new coronavirus orders.
"Ironically, not long ago our governor argued loudly and publicly how wrong it was for the President of the United States to withhold federal funds from states that do not comply with federal law," Bianco said, noting his hypocrisy.
The fact that Newsom "dines in luxury, travels, keeps its business open and sends its children to private schools is very indicative of its attitude towards the people of California (and) how it feels about the virus," Bianco continued.
Newsom was caught having a maskless dinner last month, according to reporter Adam Housley.
EXCLUSIVE: We received photos of Governor Gavin Newsom at the Napa dinner party where he is in hot water. The photos question how dinner was outside. A witness who took photos tells us that his group was so noisy that the sliding doors had to be closed. 10 p.m. on @FOXLA pic.twitter.com/gtOVEwa864
– Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 18, 2020
Newsom downplayed its apparent violation of the blocking rules by describing it as a simple mistake.
"We're all human. Sometimes we all missed out," he argued.
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California's Stay-At-Home Orders "Flat Out Ridiculous"
Bianco said the closings were "downright ridiculous" due to Newsom's new Stayom-at-Home orders and criticized the metrics used as being incredibly flawed and unrepresentative of true numbers. He also said they are disastrous for Riverside County. "
"When the medical field is so divided about this virus, it may be time to use some common sense," he continued.
Without stopping there, Bianco argued that any withholding of funding from Riverside County would "keep money and support from our hospitals dealing with normal seasonal increases in patients associated with COVID-19 patients" and therefore "completely irresponsible" would . ”
Bianco claimed Newsom is drawing attention of himself and his hypocritical behavior to California sheriffs:
He expects us to arrest anyone who breaks these instructions, cite them and take their money, close their shops, let them stay in their homes and take away their civil liberties, or he will punish us all. I believe that all jobs are important to someone. Managers do not threaten, attempt to intimidate, or cause fear; Bullies do …
"The Riverside County Sheriff's Department will not be blackmailed, bullied, or used as a muscle to enforce the governor's orders," Bianco concluded, even in the face of threats from the governor.
Bravo Sheriff Bianco from Riverside, CA. 👏👏👏
Today's direct message: https://t.co/hhxpAkXzQA pic.twitter.com/h9G7XamqHq
– Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) December 7, 2020
Lockdown "making criminals out of law-abiding citizens"
This isn't the first time Bianco has rebelled against Newsom. At the beginning of the covid pandemic, Sheriff Bianco appeared on Fox and Friends and said that California and Newsom "want to turn law-abiding citizens into criminals" whose only crime is "to support a family."
"My job is certainly important, but so is the job of putting food on someone else's table," he said at the time.
"A single mother who has three jobs to support her children – her job is more important to her than mine to me," Bianco said, refusing to enforce stay-at-home instructions.
Bianco has recommended that Riverside residents “act responsibly” during the pandemic and “do everything possible to protect themselves and their families from contracting the virus”.