Gavin Newsom and Marjorie Taylor Greene spar over 'murderous' COVID-19 actions

Gavin Newsom and Marjorie Taylor Greene spar over 'murderous' COVID-19 actions
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California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene traded barbs on Twitter, accusing each other on Monday of "murderous" actions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newsom elicited the word in addressing what he said was her spreading misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines.

"Your anti-vaccine lies are literally killing Americans," he said.

"Your own supporters are following you off a cliff and into the ICU," he continued. "Come clean about vaccines — they save lives."

Greene returned fire, accusing the Democrat of implementing "murderous ACTIONS as Governor of California [that] literally killed people."

"Paying $1,000/day to nursing homes to house #COVID19 patients with the most vulnerable people. Killing people's parents and grandparents. You're a monster!" the Georgia Republican said.

The row began earlier Monday when Newsom said he was "exhausted by the right-wing echo chamber that has been perpetuating misinformation around the vaccine and its efficacy and safety," singling out Greene and others for their criticism after he announced California would require state officials to provide proof of vaccination or submit to regular COVID-19 testing.

Later, Greene shot back saying what Californians found "exhausting" was Newsom's "communist dictatorship," consisting of "shutting down businesses, closing churches, schools, and beaches ... [and] mandating vaccines against people's will," prompting Newsom's response that Greene was "murderous."

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Democratic governors' nursing home policies came under scrutiny and resulted in a federal investigation by the Justice Department under former President Donald Trump in August 2020. On Friday, the Justice Department announced it would not proceed with the inquiries into nursing home policies in New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Pennsylvania that critics say led to thousands of unnecessary deaths due to the transmission of COVID-19.

Although California was not included in the federal investigation, the state at one point implemented a similar policy allowing for the admission of COVID-positive patients into state facilities. On May 15, 2020, state officials sent a memo to skilled nursing facilities saying, "All California SNFs should be implementing the guidance ... including preparations to be able to safely: receive residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection; care for residents with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection; and prevent spread of COVID-19 within their facility."

Representatives for Newsom's office did not immediately respond to the Washington Examiner's request to clarify whether that guidance remains in effect.

Greene has been a vocal critic of COVID-19 vaccines, courting controversy for drawing comparisons to the Holocaust.

"You know, we can look back at a time in history where people were told to wear a gold star, and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put in trains and taken to gas chambers in Nazi Germany," Greene said in May. "And this is exactly the type of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about."

Greene later apologized for the remarks, saying in late June after visiting the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, "There is no comparison to the Holocaust, and there never should be, and that's what I'm sorry for."

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Though COVID-19 cases throughout the United States appeared to be decreasing, case numbers have increased in recent weeks, largely due to the prevalence of the highly transmissible delta variant. More than 34.4 million cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed, and 608,528 deaths have been attributed to the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Newsom, whose approval ratings dipped at the height of the pandemic, will face a recall election on Sept. 14.

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