Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-CA) gave a public speech on Jun. 3 2019 in which he was vehemently opposed to vaccine mandates.
At the time, Newsom's speech was also applauded by another prominent Democrat, none other than Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who said on social media at the time:
"We don’t measure character or leadership by a commander’s posture during moments of comfort, but by his willingness to stand against the tides and storms of collective opinion during eras of controversy and hysteria."
"California Gov. Gavin Newsom has just passed that test with his wise and sober opposition to a draconian proposal to forcibly vaccinate medically fragile children against the wishes of their parents and the medical advice of their physician."
Kennedy Jr. went on:
"He expressed his concern about giving faceless government officials (with no medical training) veto power over vaccine exemptions deemed medically necessary by a child’s doctor. Gavin argued that those decisions should be made between patients and doctors without government involvement."
Human Events' Jack Posobiec reports that Newsom said during that speech. "I believe in immunizations. However, I do legitimately have concerns about a bureaucrat making a decision that is very personal."
Later, he did, in fact, sign a bill into law providing for medical exemptions for vaccination requirements for school children in California.
Newsom's present-day attitude towards vaccine mandates, however, appears to have undergone a full 180-degree transformation.