House Democrats are Defending Themselves for Having their Traditional Banquets for Newly Elected Members After Receiving Backlash from Citizens Who Were Told to Suspend Their Own Holiday Traditions
Democrats have been cracking down on coronavirus restrictions, demanding Americans to constantly wear masks, social distance, not leave their homes – but if they do their gatherings can only contain three households, must be outside, and can’t last longer than two hours.
House Democrats are now under scrutiny for not following their own rules. The Blaze reported: “Leadership in the House of Representatives was lambasted Friday for moving forward with traditional banquets welcoming newly elected members of the lower chamber to Washington, D.C., while Americans are being warned against large holiday gatherings outside their immediate households due to concerns over the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.”
They’ve recieved much backlash for allowing this tradition to continue but traditional family gatherings during the holidays are not allowed to happen this year. They fear indoor gatherings are a great part of spreading the coronavirus. Jackie Kucinich from the Daily Beast said, “This is setting such a bad example. Doctors are asking Americans to skip family gatherings for Thanksgiving to slow the spread but sure, enjoy the golden tables in a Stat Hall, a room without working windows.”
However, Democrats are defending themselves saying they had modified the event to allow for social distancing. Nancy Pelosi’s Chief of Staff, Drew Hammill said, 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.”
The Blaze also said, “It is unclear how many people—including incoming members and invited guests—were present at the Democrats’ “dinner” on Friday evening, or how many are expected at the Republicans’ planned engagement.”
Sources: The Blaze; Photo-New York Post