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What a difference a week makes.
State and city Democrat leaders seem to have forgotten that they were just threatening residents with fines and jail time over violations of coronavirus orders. But Democrats running major cities now seem to be all in with protesters as they allow mass demonstrations in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Protests and rioting erupted in major cities across the nation over the death of Floyd, the unarmed black man who died last week after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck during an arrest. Video of the incident triggered demonstrations as people with and without face masks took to the streets in packed crowds.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, who allowed a police station to be torched amid the violent carnage in the city last week, was giving out free face masks to stem the spread of the virus, urging protesters in a press release to “exercise caution to stay safe while participating in demonstrations” and to practice “physical distancing as much as possible.”
But just days before, Frey had warned that Gov. Tim Walz’s plan to allow churches to reopen at 25 percent capacity with no more than 250 people was a “recipe in Minneapolis for a public health disaster.”
Minneapolis, Minnesota made it mandatory for people to wear masks in public indoor spaces.
Mayor @Jacob_Frey calls it “simply the right move.”
“They’re wearing masks in Minneapolis because it’s baked into our values. We want to look out for our neighbors.” pic.twitter.com/p9avwr03ek
— CNN Newsroom (@CNNnewsroom) May 25, 2020
“That is not the route that we can or should be going on right now. We are considering some form of an emergency regulation ourselves to prevent that number of people gathering in one place,” the Democrat mayor told CNN Newsroom last Monday.
Similar contradictory actions were seen in New York which was also resisting complete reopening in the wake of the pandemic when protests began to pop up and grow in the last few days.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that he “stands” with the demonstrators – even though they are in violation of his own stay-at-home orders, with the first phase of a reopening plan not happening until sometime this month.
“Nobody is sanctioning the arson, and the thuggery and the burglaries, but the protesters and the anger and the fear and the frustration? Yes. Yes, and the demand is for justice,” he said on Friday during a news briefing, ahead of a weekend of looting and arson.
The next day, the Democrat was reminding everyone to wear protective face masks to protect from the virus which has claimed over 30,000 lives in the state.
“You have a right to demonstrate, you have a right to protest — God bless America,” Cuomo said at the coronavirus briefing. “You don’t have a right to infect other people. You don’t have a right to act in a way that’s going to jeopardize public health.”
Earlier this month, the governor blasted critics who were calling for coronavirus restrictions to be lifted, declaring at a news conference, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.” And while packed crowds of demonstrators were allowed to protest in New York streets in the last few days, a tanning salon owner in New York City told Fox News he was fined $1,000 almost immediately after opening his business.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who called out the Jewish community last month when a funeral gathering violated social distancing rules, announced on Sunday that “we have always honored non-violent protests.”
If you criticized Hasidic Jews in NY/NJ for having relatively small funerals and weddings (as I did) but are now totally on board with exponentially larger mass protests and riots, you clearly should never have been taken seriously in the first place. You should apologize
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 1, 2020
The contradictions by Democrat leaders was seen in other major cities as well, such as Los Angeles where Mayor Eric Garcetti vowed to punish “irresponsible and selfish” behavior during the pandemic, threatening to cut off electricity and water supplies to any business that reopened. But as protests over Floyd’s death spread to his city, he seemed to have no problem with mass gatherings.
“I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard — and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism,” he said.
The mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser declared support for protesters in that city this weekend.
“We are grieving hundreds of years of institutional racism. … People are tired, sad, angry and desperate for change,” the Democrat in charge even though Bowser had threatened 90 days jail time or $5,000 fines for anyone caught violating the coronavirus stay-at-home order.
Social media users pointed out the blatant contrast in rhetoric from Democrat leaders in condemning tweets.
Democrats created an entire news cycle about whining about the need for national mail in voting because of coronavirus and now they’re literally encouraging mass protests in the street where no one is social distancing.
It’s all a game to them.
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) May 31, 2020
First they burned down our economy, impoverishing millions through the lie of #coronavirus virulence.
Now they support burning down entire cities.
This year has been an act of war against @realDonaldTrump and the people that voted for him.
The Democrats are truly evil.
— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) May 31, 2020
“Please do not go to church or the beach or reopen your businesses, you will kill grandma. It is safe however to loot the small businesses and gather in large crowds. Thank you.” Dem Mayors and Governors
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 31, 2020
I thought those “Re-Open America” protests were ridiculous and self-indulgent during a pandemic. At the time, the entire left/liberal media agreed. Now we have exponentially larger mass protests and riots. My view is the same. Can you guess what the left/liberal media thinks
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) June 1, 2020
You will be arrested and fined for opening your business, but looters are free to burn your livelihood without consequence… all while not wearing a mask#DemocratsAreDestroyingAmerica pic.twitter.com/jlGZBdPEhS
— Big Boku (@DankdikSmith) May 31, 2020
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