The man who organized the petition behind the attempted recall of California Governor Gavin Newsom is sick with COVID-19 after – you guessed it – previously refusing to be vaccinated.

Yolo County Sheriff’s Retired Sergeant Orrin Heatlie, Said the bee of Sacramento that his symptoms are not severe enough to require hospitalization or measures such as treatment with monoclonal antibodies. He also confirmed to the newspaper that he was not vaccinated.

Heatlie filed the petition to recall Gavin Newsom in early 2020, before the COVID-19 pandemic, at the time justifying it because he disagreed with Newsom’s policies regarding immigration and crime on the grounds that critics have called racist. For example, in a Facebook post in 2019, he wrote, “Chip all illegal immigrants. It works! Just ask animal control! ” It was later suspended from Facebook for this job.

But the petition was quickly adopted by people who opposed even lukewarm measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease, which killed more than 650,000 Americans.

Heatlie told the Bee on Tuesday, “I’m not anti-vaccine. My daughter and my wife are both fully vaccinated, and I am not against people who get vaccinated, but I am all for personal choice and the right of people to make an informed decision. Of course, the number of people making the “personal choice” not to be vaccinated is the main cause of the continuing number of deaths from COVID-19.

In addition to himself, Heatlie also infected his wife.

Heatlie is just one of dozens of prominent right-wing figures who contracted COVID-19 after refusing to be vaccinated and in most cases after publicly expressing anti-vaccine sentiments.

If you’re curious, you can read more about the recall effort here.


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