In response to Orthodox Jews peacefully gathering outside for a funeral, the Democratic Mayor of New York said this: “We’re not allowing any kind of gathering, period,” the mayor said at a press briefing. "I don’t care if it’s 20 people or a hundred people or a thousand people, it’s not going to be allowed. So the point is, if you gather, NYPD is coming there to give you a summons and if you resist, to arrest you, period, across all communities."
Now he supports Floyd protestors even though bans on religious gatherings are still in effect: "I want to just say anyone who wants to protest, we’re going to protect your right to protest . . ."–Mayor De Blasio
De Blasio is hardly unique. Similar contradictions have appeared in Minneapolis, DC, Los Angeles as Democratic mayors support mass Floyd protests but have insisted on strict lockdowns.
Just a few weeks ago, liberal academics were proposing denying medical care to anti-lockdown protestors since what they were doing was so dangerous:
I have not see similar proposals for the Floyd protestors. Why is that?
I thought the big-city neighborhoods with the largest protests were the ones most in danger from the disease?
Do Democrats really believe that the first amendment rights only apply to them and to causes they happen support?
Is the change proof that the bans on outdoor gatherings were never really necessary to begin with?
On the other hand, what should happen if cities with protests see a large increases in coronavirus cases? Should the federal government institute quarantines if cities and state fails to act responsibly?
There is no doubt these protests will lead to a CV spike. It’s unfortunate. We were moving in the right direction…
Our best hope is, since they are outdoors, and attended mostly by masked people, it won’t be a huge setback, but I’m dubious. So many young people, who will be low or no symptoms, going back to their homes…
Hope this doesn’t derail the re-openings, but I suppose it might.
I’m confused, the “George Floyd protests” are ok with geldings like DeBlasio and his fellow liberal-progressive “leaders”. But the criminal activity taking place by emboldened wilding cretins and anarchists is also ok and included in “1st Amendment rights”?
You know, in hindsight I’ve been careless in my choice of words. I’m sorry and come to think of it, as a younger man I tended to the horses on my grandfather’s farm and a quarter horse gelding named Louie was my favorite. We were buds except he took pleasure while brushing whipping me with his tail and stepping on my feet!
Louie bore no resemblance to DeBlasio. Louie was better looking.