Multiple Democratic governors defied their own COVID-19 gathering restrictions and travel recommendations to attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer tweeted a photo from the ceremony and later said she “left with the feeling of great hope and optimism and determination.” The inauguration, however, violated Whitmer’s most recent “gatherings and face mask order,” which states that outdoor gatherings must be limited to 25 or fewer people. Around 2,000 people attended the inauguration, according to a Washington Post estimate.
Michigan state senator Aric Nesbitt called Whitmer’s hypocrisy “nothing new.” The Democrat previously attended a Detroit Black Lives Matter protest in June just days after expressing a “high level of concern” that such gatherings could expedite the spread of the virus.
“Governor Whitmer has sadly been more focused on public relations and partisan politics instead of collaborating and making smart decisions to better help the people of Michigan,” Nesbitt told the Washington Free Beacon.
— Gretchen Whitmer (@gretchenwhitmer) January 20, 2021
Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf and New Jersey governor Phil Murphy also attended the Wednesday ceremony. Both governors have chastised residents for traveling outside of their homes. Wolf’s administration urged Pennsylvanians to “avoid leaving their homes unless absolutely necessary” during the holiday season. The Democrat requires travelers entering the state to present a negative coronavirus test or quarantine for 10 days. A recent advisory released by the state of New Jersey, meanwhile, strongly discourages “all nonessential interstate travel at this time.” Outdoor gatherings are also limited to 25 people under Murphy, though “political activities” are exempt from the rule.- READ MORE
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