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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser faced no push back from reporters when she urged residents to stay home over the coming holiday.
The Democrat pleaded with D.C. residents to celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday at home because the coronavirus threat means any gatherings of larger groups are still considered a “high-risk activity.” The same mayor who is now warning people to avoid President Trump’s outdoor holiday event was seen marching with protesters in demonstrations in downtown D.C. earlier this month.
(Source: YouTube/DC Mayor’s Office)
Bowser, who has been pushing for the District of Columbia to be the nation’s 51st state, delivered her coronavirus warnings during a press briefing on Thursday.
“We want to send a message to our residents to enjoy the Fourth of July, to celebrate according to our guidance, and to do it at home or near their home in small gatherings,” she said. “It’s also critical that we remember that, not just on the Fourth of July, but as we move through our Phase Two reopening, that the virus has not disappeared. It is still in our community.”
Noting the White House announcement that there will be a 2020 “Salute to America” celebration on Independence Day, Bowser warned that “large gatherings are still a high-risk activity.”
“So if you’re outdoors, that’s still a high-risk activity,” she said.
“We of course know that the White House has already announced its plans, and the National Park Service will conduct the fireworks to celebrate the nation’s birthday. We will continue to support those activities in the way that we have traditionally. But we hope that the crowds that come in non-pandemic years won’t materialize this year,” the mayor said.
Democrats and other critics of the president have called for the holiday event to be canceled in light of the pandemic and as the federal city is still under a stay-at-home order – which Bowser completely disregarded when it related to protests and rioting with Black Lives Matter demonstrations.
Larger gatherings of more than 250 people are reportedly not allowed until Phase Four of the city’s reopening, which rides on the availability of a vaccine or cure for COVID-19, or the end of the virus. Earlier this week, the mayor indicated that no permits for large gatherings would be issued, according to the Associated Press.
Yet Bowser, who was herself tested for the virus after spending time with protesters – often not wearing a mask – hypocritically encouraged people to assemble for demonstrations. The mayor noted in the press briefing Thursday that “people can protest anywhere in the District of Columbia.”
A reported 31 new cases of coronavirus appeared in D.C. Thursday where 543 deaths have been blamed on the virus so far. Bowser has been lamenting the lack of statehood for the capital, claiming this has handicapped her from better dealing with the pandemic and protests.
“My recent experience with COVID has changed my thinking about that. We should make sure that people know that we are just like them. But, we still have to continue our fight for statehood,” she said.
Earlier this month, the Democrat evicted hundreds of Utah National Guardsmen who answered the call to protect the nation’s capital and, while complaining about “overbilling” and budget issues, found the resources to fund the painting of giant yellow “Black Lives Matter” lettering in the street in front of the White House.
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