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Newsom shirks blame for closing churches, keeping Hollywood open during COVID: ‘We didn’t know’

California Governor Gavin Newsom dodged responsibility for allowing the film industry to reopen while keeping churches closed in his state during the COVID-19 pandemic, instead blaming the collective “we” for such decisions.

Newsom was confronted Sunday by “Meet the Press” anchor Chuck Todd about his lockdown-heavy approach to the pandemic that faced so much criticism that it sparked a recall election against him.

“You found a way to allow the motion picture industry and the movie industry to get back to work, but you didn’t allow people to grieve together at funerals or at churches,” Todd argued. “This is this anger between the populace and the elites: Here you prioritize this industry, but you were tougher on those that just wanted to go worship.”

“I think there’s a lot of humility,” Newsom responded. “And we didn’t know what we didn’t know. And it was hardly ‘I’, it was ‘we’ collectively. I think all of us, in terms of our collective wisdom, we’ve evolved.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom

California Gov. Gavin Newsom visits a mobile COVID-19 vaccination center on March 10, 2021, in South Gate, California.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

That controversy came only one month after Newsom outraged parents by sending his four kids back to in-person learning at a private school in Sacramento County when public schools in the county were still closed.

In February 2021, Newsom filmed a TikTok video inside a Fresno restaurant while in-person dining was still banned. The governor later defended himself for participating in the video, saying that he hadn’t eaten at the restaurant.

Jessica Chasmar is a digital writer on the politics team for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to


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