CA Gov. Orders Entire State On Lockdown, Threatens Arrests & Martial Law

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Calfornia Governor Gavin Newsom (D) made the unprecedented step last night to order the entire Golden State on “lockdown.” California makes up 12 percent of the nation’s population, and GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) isn’t happy at all. Democrats running the state are also threatening “deputizing officials” to make arrests and enforce martial law. But that’s not all. You don’t want to miss this.

Gov. Gavin Newsom, California National Guard in South Central Los Angeles 1992 (Photo Credit: YouTube/Screenshots)

There’s a fine line between protecting people from a pandemic and taking away their civil rights. California is run by hardcore far-leftist Democrats who may have just jumped the shark from common sense to the Twilight Zone.

After Governor Gavin Newsom announced Thursday that he had put the National Guard on alert, he said that martial law could be used if necessary. Martial law is when civil laws are suspended and a military force is put in place.

“We have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity,” Newsom said. This action would essentially create a temporary military state in which the law would be suspended, and the military would control the population.

Not to be outdone, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti appeared on CNN Thursday night and took it a step further in creating panic. Garcetti told a shocked Chris Cuomo that he will “deputize” city officials to “drive around” and enforce the “stay at home” order, and citizens must comply.

“It’s about to go down in LA,” Twitter user “Melissa” posted. “LA Mayor says he will ‘deputize’ city officials to ‘drive around’ & enforce the ‘stay at home’ order, and citizens must comply… Fredo- ‘what if they don’t stay home, how is it enforced?’ Garcetti- ‘Yeah, we’ll visit them…”’

“Don’t worry folks in LA, if you’re not complying with the whole ‘stay at home’ thing deputized city officials will just ‘pay you a visit,'” Twitchy reports. 

If Garcetti hadn’t mentioned deputizing people, we might not be quite as unnerved listening to the LA Mayor on CNN talking about arresting people like he’s talking about ordering coffee for his office. You know it’s pretty insane when even Chris “Fredo” Cuomo is making a face:

Those of us who are Californians have seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well. 

During the riots in South Centra Los Angeles in 1965 and 1992, we had tanks rolling down our streets and the National Guard was deployed into our neighborhoods. However, this is different. Right now we do not have riots and mayhem. It is almost like Newsom and Garcetti are pushing those who are likely to riot in certain neighborhoods over the edge.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) reacted to Governor Gavin Newsom’s “stay at home” order by stating he would think the governor would consult with other officials before making such a big decision.

“Well, you know how serious this virus is and how contagious it is,” McCarthy said. “But California’s 12 percent of the nation’s population. There are essential things that are produced in California… when you think of the pharmaceutical industry and others based in San Francisco… when you think of the manufacturing that maybe even makes the items that we need for masks and others.”

“I would have thought the governor would have called a number of us to consult and talk to us why he would make this decision,” McCarthy adds. “I know I never did get a call from him. But maybe he feels there’s a need behind it. We do think there was an ability to do this without shutting down the entire state. I hope he consulted with a lot of experts before he just made this decision.”

Americans also sounded off on the California lockdown.

“I have a feeling this is going to get ugly … that maybe the idea behind this. Is martial law coming? Praying it is not .. praying this can remain peaceful and we can unite and beat this,” tweeted Matt Threlfall.

“So many parts of the Constitution being ignored by the left. They are becoming what they have all claimed Trump was…fascist dictators,” tweeted “@Cliffhangerrnlv.”

“If you crash the economy because of self-isolation you’ve already lost. Get more ventilators, minimize risk via non-essential travel but people who have already had corona and recovered should be allowed to go about business as usual,” tweeted Peter Walton.

“He is a perfect example of why gun sales have risen during this time,” tweeted Ronda Miller.

@ericgarcetti what you gonna do about ppl in tents? Social distancing my a$$,” tweeted “Oypy2020.”

California has a huge homeless population with an estimate of over 150,000 living on the streets.

Newsom is ordering them off the streets and is claiming he is going to provide them with shelter in hotels and motels. This begs the question of who is going to care for them? Just dumping them, many who are mentally ill and are already sick with other diseases, in motels may get them off the street, but how are they going to get food? How many of them have COVID-19?

Newsom already has law enforcement in the state stretched too far. Los Angeles County has 10 million residents, and this lockdown order is going to push many of them over the edge who are not equipped to handle it. Tackling the homeless crisis is a monumental task.

We fear riots are now inevitable. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy. Then, the Democrat politicians will get their wish and declare martial law.

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Rebecca Diserio is a conservative writer and speaker who has been featured in numerous high profile publications. She's a graduate of St. Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA and worked as a Critical Care Registered Nurse at USC Medical Center. A former Tea Party spokesman, she helped manage Star Parker’s campaign for US Congress and hosted a popular conservative radio show where she interviewed Dr. Alveda King, Ann Coulter, David Limbaugh, and Michelle Malkin. A police widow, she resides in Southern California.