OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday known as President Donald Trump’s photo op at a historic church near the White House this week “shameful,” ramping up his criticism of the president for the second straight day after refraining all through the pandemic from rebuking his once-favorite political goal.
“It was shameful political theater at a time when all of us are feeling disgrace about our nation and are very fearful that politics is trumping good politics and decency,” Newsom mentioned in a media briefing in Stockton, the place he met with Mayor Michael Tubbs and enterprise and youth leaders to debate racism and systemic injustice. Federal officers on Monday forcibly cleared protesters from the realm with smoke canisters and rubber bullets earlier than Trump walked to the church to have his picture taken and a video made.
Newsom notably refused to criticize Trump throughout the Covid-19 disaster and even praised the Republican chief he beforehand denounced regularly.
Whereas visiting Stockton, the Democratic governor additionally acknowledged the probability of elevated unfold of the illness as a result of latest protests. He expressed explicit concern for African Individuals, who’ve been disproportionately affected by the illness.
“In the event you’re not [concerned], you’re not listening to the epidemiology, to the virulence of this illness, its unfold. And I’m notably involved, as everybody needs to be, about unfold inside our numerous communities,” he mentioned. African American residents, who make up 6 p.c of California’s inhabitants, account for 10 percent of the state’s Covid-19 deaths.
Newsom famous the state’s positivity price has held regular at round 4.5 p.c, however mentioned the state ought to put together for a possible surge.
“I think about as we reopen and thru the method of the blending that’s come from the protests, we’ll begin to see that case price start to extend and we have to start to organize for that,” Newsom mentioned. He mentioned such preparation entails ensuring there are sufficient hospital beds and different care websites, protecting tools, testing and follow-up contact tracing.
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