California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) went on MSNBC on Monday to slam those who have not gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, saying that they “are choosing to live with this virus.”
“You can’t choose to drive drunk,” Newsom stated. “You put your life at risk. You put other lives at risk. We don’t want to go back to where we were this fall. We don’t want to wait until we’re overwhelmed in our ICUs. We don’t want to wait until thousands and thousands of more Californians die of a virus where they simply can save their lives by getting a simple vaccine shot.”
“You’ve got 25% — you noted, 75% of Californians have received at least one dose. But 25% of people are choosing to live with this virus,” he added. “You can’t choose to drive drunk. You put your life at risk. You put other lives at risk. At the end of the day, we’ve got to be a little more assertive to help people get this disease behind us, help society ultimately end this pandemic.”
Newsom made similar comments on CNN.
“It’s like drunk drivers, you don’t have the right to go out and drink and drive and put everybody else at risk including your own life,” he said, according to Yahoo News.
Newsom was then asked if California should consider reinstating a universal mask mandate to stop the spread of the Delta variant.
“Look we don’t even have to have that debate if we can just get everybody vaccinated that isn’t vaccinated, that’s refusing to get vaccinated, that’s living vaccine free and impacting the rest of us,” he replied.
“We’re really trying to focus on ending this pandemic once and for all,” the Democrat later added. “Those non-pharmaceutical interventions like face coverings and face masking were necessary in the absence of vaccines, but with these vaccines we can extinguish this virus once and for all and get it behind us.”
Newsom’s handling of this pandemic has been widely panned by conservatives and liberal alike.