'What I'm saying here is, be affirmative,' Newsom said, asked by CBS what he would tell national Democrats.
'Don't be timid. Lean in. Because at the end of the day, it's not just about formal authority of setting the tone and tenor on masks — on vaccines and masks. But it's the moral authority that we have: that we're on the right side of history and we're doing the right thing to save people's lives.'
Newsom said that Democratic leaders need to 'stiffen our spines and lean in to keeping people safe and healthy.'
The liberal governor admitted that the recall effort against him was 'in no small degree because of our approach to this pandemic.'
California, hard-hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, had some of the strictest prevention policies in the country, where many schools were shut down for over a year and confusing, back-and-forth lockdown measures left businesses frustrated.
Images of Newsom dining a the Swanky French Laundry restaurant with a large group of people while indoor dining was closed catalyzed the recall effort.