Dictatorial Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom announced Friday he will not be lifting California’s “state of emergency” despite his promise to reopen most of the state in mid-June.
Newsom will not relent the authority he reserves under the state of emergency he originally declared on March 4, 2020, KTLA reported.
“We’re still in a state of emergency,” Newsom said during a press conference. “This disease has not been extinguished.”
“It’s not vanished, it’s not taking the summer months off,” he continued.
However, although the state of emergency will remain in place, the governor reaffirmed his commitment to lifting many restrictions on California businesses on June 15.
Under a continued state of emergency, the state of California can be reimbursed by the federal government for pandemic-related expenses and allows Newsom to continue suspending state laws and imposing new restrictions, the outlet added.
The governor has reportedly issued a minimum of 58 executive orders since the pandemic began more than a year ago.
Apparently, Newsom does not care that he is in the process of being recalled and likely removed from office this Fall. He simply isn’t ready to give up his throne at the Governor’s Mansion in Sacramento.
The state’s Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk slammed Newsom’s extension and called on the governor to “hang up his crown.”
“If Newsom believes the state is safe enough to reopen, then it’s safe for people to be able to make decisions for themselves without his arbitrary and capricious rules,” Wilk said, according to Fox 40. “I believe it is time for him to hang up his crown and restore our democracy.”
No matter how much Newsom attempts to make it seem necessary, nothing can rationalize an extended state of emergency at this point with several vaccines, a recently FDA-approved therapeutic, and other “cure-like” treatments readily available.
Like Wilk said, if California is safe enough to fully reopen, there is no possible justification to continue a state of emergency.
It is clear Newsom does not want to give up power over Californians—but will he will use it to shut down the state or again move the goalpost? We will soon find out.