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Watch: California Sheriff Quietly Rips Apart Newsom's 'Dictatorial' COVID Mandates in Steely Video

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A California sheriff criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom’s recent pandemic mandates and vowed that his department would not be used as “muscle” to enforce the orders in his county in a Friday announcement.

Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco spoke out against Newsom’s recent lockdown order restricting businesses and requiring residents to stay home under certain conditions.

The sheriff also lambasted state authorities who threatened to withhold state funding from counties that defied virus regulations in early September.

“These closures and these stay-at-home orders are flat-out ridiculous,” Bianco said in the video.

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“The metrics used for closures are unbelievably faulty and are not representative of true numbers and are disastrous for Riverside County.

“He is expecting us to arrest anyone violating these orders, cite them and take their money, close their businesses, make them stay in their homes and take away their civil liberties or he will punish all of us,” he continued.

“I believe that all jobs are essential to someone.

“While the governor’s office and the state has threatened action against violators, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department will not be blackmailed, bullied or used as muscle against Riverside County residents in the enforcement of the governor’s orders.”

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The sheriff also described Newsom’s personal behavior during the pandemic as “extremely hypocritical.”

The governor was photographed attending an indoor party at a luxury restaurant despite passing a slew of restrictive coronavirus measures.

“The dictatorial attitude toward California residents while dining in luxury, traveling, keeping his business open and sending his kids to in-person, private schools is very telling about his attitude toward California residents, his feelings about the virus, and it is extremely hypocritical,” Bianco said.

“It appears part of the new goal is to shift attention away from his and others’ personal behavior with a ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude by turning public opinion against California sheriffs.”

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