With his recall election looming, California Governor Gavin Newsom has landed himself in controversy again after claiming that he was "living through Zoom school" as a parent even though his children attend an in-person private school.
Newsom's four children, Montana, Hunter, Brooklynn, and Dutch, have been in-person for their schooling since November. But when appearing on CNN, the governor said that he could sympathize with how "brutal" it was to have children at home rather than school.
"I've been a strong advocate for safely getting our kids back in person for instruction," Newsom said. "I have four young kids myself, I've been living through Zoom school and all the challenge related to it. We put out a detailed proposal to our legislature. It's brutal."
Regardless of whether the Newsom family was utilizing Zoom for their schooling early in the pandemic, the governor's clear implication in the statement was that they are, like a majority of California parents, still "living through" the difficulty of at-home learning.
That statement riled many California parents and school-opening activists who deemed it a "lack of leadership" on Newsom's part. Under the governor's policies, California now ranks last of all 50 states in terms of reopening schools to students.