In another case of blatant left-wing hypocrisy, photos of Nancy Pelosi’s planned in-person dinner for new Democrat members of Congress has elicited the anger of both sides of the aisle.
The office of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced that the in-person dinner has been canceled after a viral tweet showing pictures of the tables being set up for the event sparked backlash because of the COVID pandemic.
Initially, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, tried to double down on how “safe” the event was going to be in a tweet, which read: “Our office strictly follows the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician, including for this dinner. To be a further model for the nation, this event has been modified to allow Members-elect to pick up their meals to go in a socially-distanced manner.”
This was not enough for members of the left, who are so terrified of COVID that they are trying to cancel Thanksgiving and Christmas this year.
Hammill later backed down and changed the event, tweeting: “Members-elect are now picking up their boxed meals and departing the Capitol. There is no group dinner. Members-elect are in DC already for orientation.”
Members-elect are now picking up their boxed meals and departing the Capitol. There is no group dinner. Members-elect are in DC already for orientation. https://t.co/g5XNnA3ky0
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 14, 2020
The backlash began when NBC News correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell shared photos of the event on Twitter, writing: “House Dem and GOP leaders are holding respective dinners for new members.”
“[email protected] told me it’s safe. ‘It’s very spaced,’ she said and there is enhanced ventilation and the Capitol physician signed off,” Caldwell added, trying to cover for her Democrat ally.
House Dem and GOP leaders are holding respective dinners for new members.
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) November 13, 2020
As blue states across the country contemplate new lockdown orders and restrictions on holiday gatherings, photos of Pelosi’s event and her insistence that the dinner would the “safe” sparked criticism on social media.
The Left Has A Meltdown
“This should be canceled and frankly I’m shocked anybody thought having an indoor social meal right now was a good idea to begin with,” Vox journalist Aaron Rupar wrote.
Chelsea Clinton even weighed in, stating: “Please cancel these in-person dinners, @SpeakerPelosi & @kevinomccarthy to keep everyone safe from #covid19 – yourselves, your new members, servers, the Capitol police and all of their families and contacts. And, to show public health leadership.”
“Imagine telling families not to hold Thanksgiving (we shouldn’t) and then doing this. Come. On,” New York magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted.
Imagine telling families not to hold Thanksgiving (we shouldn’t) and then doing this. Come. On. https://t.co/ws9k2QDBLU
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) November 13, 2020
Conservatives Point Out Hypocrisy
“Covid rules are for the little people,” conservative radio host Buck Sexton said.
Covid rules are for the little people https://t.co/wBNwd0kXkm
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) November 13, 2020
“This is happening while Americans are told it will be against the law for them to have Thanksgiving with their families.
Yet again, the political class is openly & publicly showing it doesn’t think the rules apply to them, thus helping destroy the trust needed to beat this virus,” Jerry Dunleavy, a reporter for the Washington Examiner, wrote.