One America News Network host Graham Ledger called California Gov. Gavin Newsom “Hitler,” compared Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to Nazi Heinrich Himmler, and referred to a California county health official as “gestapo” over the state’s enforcement of social distancing measures during the April 30 episode of The Daily Ledger.
When discussing California beach closures, Ledger called Newsom, a Democrat, “the Hitler of the Golden State” and said the various city and county-level officials below him are “just following the orders of a radical governor.” He also called one of those officials a member of Newsom’s “gestapo.”
During the segment, Ledger also lied when claiming that Newsom was going to, “by decree,” “shut down the entire 840 mile-coastline.”
As the San Francisco Chronicle reported on April 30, state officials pushed to shut down all beaches, but Newsom decided only to temporarily close beaches in Orange County, where they had become crowded during a heatwave.
Earlier in the episode, the host called Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti “this Heimrich Himmler little person,” presumably referring to Heinrich Himmler, the second-most powerful German Nazi Party leader, who played an instrumental role in the Holocaust.