“This guy has been trying to save our lives since this shi – this virus started,” actor and Trejo’s Tacos owner Danny Trejo said at a news conference with California Governor Gavin Newsom. At the event, Newsom signed legislation that will provide a $ 6.2 billion tax cut to the worst-hit small businesses in the state.
Trejo admitted he didn’t know what the effort to remember Newsom was about, but urged Californians to “Stop being silly!” That ordinance also applied to reporters present.
The actor was not expected to speak, but a reporter asked him a question, about the discovery of Lady Gaga’s dogs, and Trejo took the opportunity to offer full support to the governor of California, who faces a recall vote in the fall. .
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“People don’t understand: we are at war with this virus,” Trejo continued. “In London, they wear gas masks. And nobody was complaining.
“And that’s what they’re trying to get us to do: wear the gas masks,” said the actor, holding up his own gas mask for emphasis. “And stay six feet away. I like it a bit because I don’t like people who are so close to me. “
Trejo is probably best known for his title role in the 2010 Robert Rodriguez film. machete, his handlebar mustache and his abundant tattoos, but he has been in dozens of film and television productions in recent decades.
Spontaneous endorsement may mean something politically for Newsom. While polls show him comfortably ahead in the retirement race, only 40% of Californians say they would vote to overthrow him; a March recount identified one of Newsom’s biggest potential hurdles: 44.5% of Latino voters plan to vote for him to be overthrown. That compares with 41.4% of that electorate who will vote “No.”
About 40% of the state’s population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, according to US Census data.
Regarding the Lady Gaga issue, Trejo said: “Yes, we were looking for Lady Gaga … Some people say that because we commented that they brought the dogs back, but I don’t know.”
Newsom, for his part, seemed happy for the endorsement and for some comic relief.
“Now we know what will lead to the new tonight,” he said afterward.
See the press conference below: