Pelosi pressured to cancel lavish dinner for brand spanking new Dem members of Congress after Picture Sparks backlash
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had to cancel a lavish dinner for new Democrats who had just been elected to Congress after a photo went online on which tables were set up for the extravagant event.
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The photo immediately led Pelosi and Democrats to face backlash from social media users accusing them of hypocrisy for hosting such a party while banning Americans from holding large gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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. @ SpeakerPelosi told me it was safe. "It's very far apart," she said and there is improved ventilation and the Capitol doctor has signed off. pic.twitter.com/ZXjf72lnrP
– Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) November 13, 2020
Drew Hamill, Pelosi's deputy chief of staff, first noted how “safe” the event was and wrote on Twitter: “Our office strictly follows the directions of the Office of Attending Physician, including for this dinner. To be another model for the nation, this event has been modified to allow elected members to collect their meals in a socially distant manner. "
Eventually, however, he backed down and wrote, “The elected members will now pick up their packaged meals and leave the Capitol. There is no group meal. The elected members are already in DC for orientation. "
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The elected members will now collect their packaged meals and leave the Capitol. There is no group meal. The elected members are already in DC for orientation. https://t.co/g5XNnA3ky0
– Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 14, 2020
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Social media users are firing back
Social media users on all sides of the political spectrum were appalled that, according to Fox News, Democrats were even considering a gathering like this right now.
"Imagine telling families not to hold Thanksgiving (we shouldn't) and then you do. Come on. Next," New York reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted, and left-wing comedian Billy Eichner added added: "Terrible and embarrassing for everyone involved."
"This should be canceled and, frankly, I am shocked that anyone thought it was a good idea to have a meal indoors," wrote Vox journalist Aaron Rupar. Radio host Buck Sexton tweeted: "Covid rules apply to the common people."
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This is happening while Americans are being told it is against the law to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families, ”tweeted Washington Examiner journalist Jerry Dunleavy. "Once again, the political class is showing openly and publicly that it does not believe the rules apply to them, helping to destroy the confidence it takes to fight this virus.
Even Chelsea Clinton himself weighed and failed to defend the Democrats in this case either.
"Please cancel these personal dinners, @SpeakerPelosi & @kevinomccarthy, to protect everyone from # covid19 – yourself, your new members, servers, the Capitol Police and all their families and contacts. And to demonstrate leadership in public health, ”she wrote.
Please cancel these personal dinners, @SpeakerPelosi & @kevinomccarthy, to protect everyone from # covid19 – yourself, your new members, servers, the Capitol Police, and all of their families and contacts. And to demonstrate leadership in public health. https://t.co/HC1AOYYBgp
– Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) November 13, 2020
This isn't the first time Pelosi has been caught trying to break their own COVID rules. Earlier this year she was caught on camera at a San Francisco hair salon without a camera and in violation of her own state and city ordinances. Despite the fact that she was caught red-handed, Pelosi remained defiant, foolishly claiming she was "set up" by the salon owner.
This piece was written by James Samson on November 15th, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used with permission.
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