Oh, the hypocrisy.
Per week in the past Monday, Rep. Val Demings, a Florida Democrat rising up in the Joe Biden veepstakes, attended a large “Healing and Hope” rally, the place 1000’s of maskless protesters have been jammed in elbow to elbow. She informed her Twitter followers she was there “to speak with our community as America grieves.”
However by Thursday, Ms. Demings modified her tune (maybe signifying that she’s an ideal alternative for Mr. Biden).
“The president’s plan to hold mass rallies in Florida and elsewhere as we experience a resurgence in COVID cases is irresponsible and selfish,” Ms. Demings mentioned.
“Do as I say, not as I do,” is the Democratic mantra.
Ms. Demings wasn’t alone in flip-flopping. Different prime Democrats cheered on “Black Lives Matter” crowds throughout the USA, with many attending rallies in honor of George Floyd, a black man who died whereas within the custody of Minneapolis police. However they have been incensed that President Trump was planning marketing campaign rallies.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, a socialist from Vermont, wrote every week in the past Monday on Twitter: “Congratulations to all who are out on the streets today peacefully protesting. Together, we will end police brutality. Together, we will defeat Trump. Together, we will fight for a government based on justice and compassion, not greed and lies.”
However by Thursday, like Ms. Demings, Mr. Sanders was blasting Mr. Trump and the Republicans’ determination to carry its nominating conference in Florida — in late August.
“Trump wants 15,000 delegates cheering him at his GOP convention in Florida,” Mr. Sanders mentioned. “No social distancing. His rejection of medical advice endangers not only those there but those they come in contact with. Trump’s a threat to the health and well-being of the country. He must be defeated.”
Ms. Demings, too, whined about Mr. Trump’s plans to journey to Florida. “Unfortunately, Florida is experiencing a new surge in COVID-19 cases. I urge you to do everything you can to protect yourself and your neighbors. Wear a mask. Limit gatherings,” she wrote.
The mainstream media, in fact, received on board.
“‘Extraordinarily dangerous’: Trump rally draws grave concerns from top health officials,” mentioned an NBC Information headline Sunday. For its piece on protests in Brooklyn — which by no means as soon as talked about the pandemic — NBC wrote this headline: “Rally for Black trans lives draws packed crowd to Brooklyn Museum plaza.”
Radio host Rush Limbaugh known as out the two-faced Democrats.
“So you see, it’s OK for BLM, Black Trans Lives Matter, Occupy Wall Street, whatever. It’s OK for liberal Democrats to congregate and sardine themselves everywhere. That’s so cool. That’s fine. Let Trump do a rally and, somehow, he’s going to be responsible for murder! He’s gonna be responsible for death, responsible for people getting sick,” Limbaugh mentioned.
Different politicians have achieved simply the identical. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whose disastrous insurance policies killed 1000’s in his state, additionally applauded protesters as they smashed by way of New York Metropolis, looting shops and clashing with police making an attempt to take care of order.
Mr. Cuomo mentioned he “stands” with these defying stay-at-home orders to protest. However weeks earlier than that, as tens of millions throughout the state have been dropping their jobs, Cuomo informed protesters demanding the state reopen: “You have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.”
On the West Coast, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened in March to show off utilities for any enterprise that reopened, saying he wished to punish “irresponsible and selfish” conduct. Then he turned round and supported the protests. “I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard,” he mentioned.
And Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who threatened to hit violators of stay-at-home orders with $5,000 fines or 90 days in jail, sang a distinct music when 1000’s of protesters rioted within the nation’s capital, defacing memorials and monuments and torching a historic church. “We are grieving hundreds of years of institutional racism,” she mentioned.
It goes past Mr. Trump. New York Metropolis officers, pissed off that residents in Brooklyn stored taking their kids to a metropolis park, welded the gates shut this week. Town had repeatedly padlocked the gates to the playground, however residents broke by way of at the very least 25 occasions in only a few weeks. It didn’t take them lengthy to take action once more.
Mr. Cuomo additionally took goal at anybody who doesn’t keep locked down, probably ceaselessly. “Lots of violations of social distancing, parties in the street, restaurants and bars ignoring laws,” he wrote on Twitter. “Bars or restaurants that violate the law can lose their liquor license.”
So thick is the hypocrisy you possibly can reduce it with a knife. Democrats applaud the race riots and looting — something to harm Mr. Trump’s re-election probabilities. However for people who find themselves being crushed underneath draconian lockdown measure enacted by state and metropolis governments, they don’t have any endurance, no understanding.
Oh the hypocrisy.
• Joseph Curl coated the White Home and politics for a decade for The Washington Occasions. He might be reached at [email protected] and on Twitter @josephcurl.