Fact Check: Gavin Newsom Did NOT Awaken From Vaccine Coma And Was NOT Held At GITMO

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: Gavin Newsom Did NOT Awaken From Vaccine Coma And Was NOT Held At GITMO Never Happened

Did Gavin Newsom awaken from a vaccine coma at GITMO? No, that's not true: California Gov. Newsom was not in a coma at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp after receiving the COVID-19 booster shot on October 27, 2021. While he was not seen in public for almost two weeks after he received the shot, he was photographed at a wedding in San Francisco on November 6, 2021, and appeared live at a political event on November 9, 2021. The site that made the claim is a satire website known for outlandishly false stories about celebrities and politicians being arrested, tried and executed at GITMO, none of which have proven to be true.

The claim appeared as an article published by Real Raw News on November 9, 2021, titled "Gavin Newsom Awakens from Vaccine Coma - At GITMO - Real Raw News" (archived here) which opened:

Failed California Governor Gavin Newsom got a rude awakening, literally, when he first opened his eyes Monday morning following a 11-day-long vaccine-induced coma that he fell into shortly after receiving a Covid-19 booster shot. The first thing Newsom saw through eyes opened to narrow slits were a Navy physician removing an intubation tube from his [...]

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Gavin Newsom Awakens from Vaccine Coma - At GITMO - Real Raw News

Failed California Governor Gavin Newsom got a rude awakening, literally, when he first opened his eyes Monday morning following a 11-day-long vaccine-induced coma that he fell into shortly after receiving a Covid-19 booster shot. The first thing Newsom saw through eyes opened to narrow slits were a Navy physician removing an intubation tube from his [...]

There is no truth to the story that Newsom fell into a coma after receiving a COVID-19 booster shot and woke up at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Newsom was photographed at Getty oil heiress Ivy Love Getty's wedding on November 6, 2021, and Vogue magazine reported details about his attendance:

"San Francisco's City Hall is designed to inspire awe--a symbol of the city's power and resilience after the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, with its white marble detailing and soaring dome that looms more than 300 feet overhead," Hamish notes. "But despite the architectural magnificence--and the panoply of state, with Nancy Pelosi officiating and Governor Newsom and Mayor Breed in attendance--the ceremony managed to feel extraordinarily intimate and personal, with Tobias's charming vows and his passionate kiss that dislodged Ivy's crown!"

Newsom is in photograph 65 of 100 by Jose Villa on the Vogue website. He is wearing a black tuxedo with a white shirt and black bow tie and a black face mask. He is in the right corner of the photograph, above the shoulder of the bride's grandfather.

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Ivy's grandfather Gordon Getty gives her a kiss at the end of the aisle.

On November 9, 2021, Newsom appeared at the 2021 California Economic Summit sponsored by California Forward:

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Here is a YouTube video of Newsom at the 2021 California Economic Summit on November 9, 2021:

Real Raw News has a long history of publishing false claims in mock news stories, many of them about convictions and executions of various public figures at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. For example, the site reported former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was hanged (she wasn't); former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta was executed (he wasn't); and that "the military" convicted former Attorney General William Barr on charges of treason (it didn't).

The website for Real Raw News includes a disclaimer that warns readers not to take its content too seriously. Specifically, it says:

Information on this website is for informational and educational and entertainment purposes. This website contains humor, parody, and satire. We have included this disclaimer for our protection, on the advice on legal counsel.

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(Source: RealRawNews.com screenshot taken Tue Aug 3 16:39:48 UTC 2021)

Lead Stories has covered claims published by Real Raw News in the past. Previous Lead Stories debunks of Real Raw News items are collected here .

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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