Mr. Newsom, a Democrat, singled out Mr. Carlson alongside Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, both Republicans, while speaking with reporters about vaccine hesitancy.
“We’re exhausted by the Ron Johnsons and the Tucker Carlsons. We’re exhausted by the Marjorie Taylor Greenes. We’re exhausted by the right-wing echo chamber that has been perpetuating misinformation around the vaccine and its efficacy and safety,” Mr. Newsom said during a news conference.
“We’re exhausted by the politicization of this pandemic and that includes mask wearing that has been equated to the Holocaust. It’s disgraceful, it’s unconscionable and it needs to be called out,” said Mr. Newsom.
“Shutting down businesses, closing churches, schools and beaches is disgraceful,” Mrs. Greene said. “Mandating vaccines against people’s will is unconscionable.”
“Disgraceful? Here’s a word — murderous,” Mr. Newsom responded on Twitter around 80 minutes later. “Your anti-vaccine lies are literally killing Americans. Your own supporters are following you off a cliff and into the ICU. Come clean about vaccines — they save lives.”
California, the nation’s most populous state, was the first in the country to impose coronavirus-related travel and business restrictions under a decision made by the Newsom administration in March 2020.
Sixteen months later, public health officials are urging adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes, amid the U.S. seeing a spike in infections and hospitalizations.
Vaccines are proven to reduce the likelihood of a person becoming sick or dying from COVID-19, which killed more than 608,000 people nationwide since the virus first emerged in the U.S. in early 2020.
Nearly half the U.S. population, 49.1%, is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California reports that 62.1% of its population is fully vaccinated.