As soon as Biden was inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States, suddenly, the Leftist strongholds of America began reopening their states and cities.

It just goes to show you that the prolonged pandemic lockdowns were never about the “science” so much as they were about playing politics.

At the risk of people losing their jobs and even their lives, Democrat mayors and governors across the U.S. insisted that we must continue to hunker down because of what they alleged were “spikes in cases” and “hitting ICU capacity.”

In reality, they were simply holding Americans hostage for political gain (like we at FreedomWire have suspected for nearly a year).

California Governor Gavin Newsom, one of the worst offenders of mandating draconian statewide lockdowns, announced within a week of Biden’s inauguration that he is moving to reopen the Golden state.

Newsom stated during a press conference on COVID-19, “We’re seeing a flattening of the curve. Everything that should be up is up, everything that should be down is down.”

Although California is “not out of the woods,” he suggested that “we are in a position — projecting four weeks forward with a significant decline in the case rates, positivity rates — we are anticipating still more decline in hospitalizations and more declines in ICUs, and that’s why we’re lifting that stay-at-home order effective immediately today,” he said.

King Newsom has finally been compelled to relent his title for purely political reasons as he moves to make it look like Democrats magically fixed everything.

This comes just days after Newsom refused to make COVID-19 data available to the public despite his claims that the decision to keep California shut down were “data-driven.”

California officials reportedly denied watchdog group requests to see the data the state was using to make COVID-19 policy decisions because it could confuse or mislead the public.

The Associated Press reported CA HHS spokeswoman Katie Folmar said, “These fluid, on-the-ground conditions cannot be boiled down to a single data point — and to do so would mislead and create greater uncertainty for Californians.”

Everyone who resides in the state of California should be asking themselves this question: why is the state hiding the one data point they are basing their decisions off if it clearly points to one conclusion?

If the data isn’t damning enough to lead to continued lockdowns (for which, in my opinion, there is never justification), then Californians should demand answers.

It is simply an abuse of power to keep life shut down, harming people’s lives and businesses, because of intentionally faulty decision making for disingenuous reasons.