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Coronavirus COVID-19 Lockdowns Eric Garcetti Intelwars Los Angeles order Stay at home watch

‘It’s time to cancel everything’: Left-wing LA mayor talks even tougher about COVID-19 lockdown — then gets smacked right back

Left-wing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti hit his constituents with even tougher talk about his coronavirus lockdown orders late Wednesday night, even going so far as to say “it’s time to cancel everything.”

But if the livid reactions to his Twitter video are any indication, it would appear Garcetti doesn’t have a lot of support.

What are the details?

While the city revised its “Targeted Safer at Home Order” late Wednesday, KABC-TV reported that it matches what Los Angeles County issued last week and that there are no additional restrictions.

But L.A.’s order comes with more extreme language than before, the station said.

Thousands of city residents received a text message with a link to the city’s new emergency order that contains the line “all persons living within the City of Los Angeles are hereby ordered to remain in their homes,” KABC reported, adding that the text message caused a stir and sparked confusion over its meaning.

However, the order includes numerous exceptions, such as buying food, obtaining medical care, and traveling to use other essential businesses, such as car repair shops, the station said. Film production and fitness centers that operate outdoors are allowed to remain open, KABC added.

But Garcetti’s video doesn’t say any of that. In fact, his words in the clip of 23 seconds — if that’s all anyone within the city limits saw — sound quite extreme: “My message couldn’t be simpler. It’s time to hunker down. It’s time to cancel everything. And if it isn’t essential, don’t do it. Don’t meet up with others outside your household. Don’t host a gathering. Don’t attend a gathering. And following our targeted Safer at Home order, if you’re able to stay home, stay home.”

L.A. County reported another 5,987 coronavirus cases Wednesday, one day after reporting a record-high 7,593 new cases, KABC said, adding that county officials said hospitalizations are putting a growing strain on the region’s health care system.

“If cases continue on this pathway, if they continue to increase at the pace that we’ve seen, the county expects we will run out of hospital beds here in Los Angeles by Christmastime,” Garcetti also said, according to the station.

He added that violating the order is a misdemeanor, subject to fines and imprisonment, KABC reported, adding that Garcetti also asked police and the city attorney’s office to enforce it. Home utilities also can be shut off for violations, the station added.

What was the reaction?

Reactions on Twitter to Garcetti’s “cancel everything” video were overwhelmingly hostile:

  • “Good idea,” one commenter quipped back. “You’re canceled.”
  • “Open the city,” another user wrote. “Open the city now!”
  • “Spoken like a true communist,” another commenter said.
  • “You and every other Democrat should be howling at Democrats in Washington to get people money to stay the f*** home,” another user declared. “The pressure for them to give a significant, sustained and continuing *all cash stimulus* direct to everyone should be coming from you and [California Gov.] Gavin [Newsom].”

Even former “American Idol” finalist Danny Gokey joined the fray: “You’re an absolute fool! The recovery rate of Covid is about 99.95%; over 38 million people have recovered from this. Domestic abuse, child abuse, suicide cases all have skyrocketed to an almost 1000% increase. Children that depend on meals at school now can’t get it. Foolish!!!”

Anything else?

Garcetti’s coronavirus responses have made numerous headlines — and not all of them positive:

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When Austin, Texas, mayor warned residents to ‘stay home’ due to COVID-19, he was vacationing in Mexico with family, others

The mayor of Austin, Texas, acknowledged to KVUE-TV that when he made a video last month warning residents to “stay home” to slow the coronavirus spread, he was on vacation in Mexico with family members and others.

What are the details?

In the warning video posted to his Facebook page Nov. 9, Mayor Steve Adler said, “We need to stay home if you can…We need to keep the numbers down. Now is not the time to relax,” the station reported.

But Adler confirmed to KVUE that when the video was recorded, he was on vacation in Cabo San Lucas with eight people, including immediate and extended family, after flying from Austin on a private jet.

Here’s the clip:

Two days earlier, Adler hosted a wedding and reception at an Austin hotel for his daughter with 20 guests, the station said, adding that the city at the time was under Stage 3 guidelines, which suggest no gatherings of more than 10 people.

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Adler told KVUE Senior Reporter Tony Plohetski that he did not violate his own order or orders by Gov. Greg Abbott and took multiple steps to ensure the safety of his guests, including rapid COVID-19 testing.

But the private actions are from a public official who has been front and center urging Austinites to take COVID-19 precautions — and he even did so while he was out of the country.

Adler also told the station he consulted with Austin’s top health authority — Dr. Mark Escott — and the event was held outdoors, guests had to maintain social distancing and had to have received a COVID-19 test prior to attending, and the bride and groom gave out masks.

But KVUE said several wedding attendees flew to Austin from across the U.S., including a Seattle-based wedding photographer.

“It’s not perfect,” Adler told the station in an interview this week. “Obviously there are infections that could happen. But what we did was stay compliant with the rules.”

Then eight wedding attendees — including Adler and immediate and extended family members — jetted off to Cabo, KVUE said. They stayed for a week at a family timeshare, the Statesman reported.

Timing is everything

The station added that the day after Adler & Co. departed, Escott issued a public warning: “If you are going to go out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not the family or friends who don’t live in your household. And start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”

But the week after Adler returned, KVUE said COVID-19 cases spiked — and on Nov. 19 the city raised the threat level to Stage 4, with recommendations against travel and gathering with people outside of your household.

What else did the mayor have to say?

Adler released a statement Wednesday, the station said:

“Every day since March, I repeat that being home is the safest place for people to be. Only at our most trying moments, like around Thanksgiving, have I asked people not to travel as part of extra precautions. Several weeks ago, when my daughter cancelled her planned wedding to replace it with a COVID appropriate more private ceremony and when my family traveled, we consulted with health authorities and worked hard to model the kind of behavior I’ve asked of the community. We were in a lower risk “Yellow” level than now. It is always safest to stay home. However, we aren’t asking people never to venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible in what they do. My family and I are no exception and we’ll continue to do as I ask of our community. During Thanksgiving and as anticipated for Christmas and the New Year, we should all be especially mindful.”

While Adler holds a nonpartisan office, he endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 as well as Democrats Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden over the course of the most recent presidential campaign.

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Dr. Fauci warns states reopening ahead of federal guidelines: ‘You’re taking a really significant risk’

Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has become the nation’s most influential public health voice as a member of the White House coronavirus task force, warned that states choosing to ease lockdown restrictions without meeting federally recommended guidelines are taking “significant risk,” The Hill reported.

What’s this about? The White House laid out a three-phase template for how states could choose to reopen economic activity and ease social distancing restrictions gradually, as long as they show a consistent decrease in new cases and hospitalizations over the course of two-week periods.

Many states, however, have chosen to adopt their own reopening plans that include lifting some restrictions on individual and economic activity even without meeting federal benchmarks. President Donald Trump was critical of Georgia Republican Gov. Brian Kemp for this reason.

What does Fauci think about it? “If you follow the guidelines, there’s a continuity that’s safe, that’s prudent and that’s careful,” Fauci said on CNN. “The concern that I have is that there are some states … who are looking at that and kind of leapfrogging over the first checkpoint. You’re taking a really significant risk if you do that and you don’t have in place the absolute clear-cut capability of identifying, isolating and doing the contact tracing.”

Cure vs. disease? As roughly 10% of the U.S. population has been thrust into temporary or permanent unemployment over the past several weeks, state politicians are under intense pressure to allow more people to resume working, even with the risk of increased numbers of COVID-19 infections.

However, the binary choice between public health or economic health might not be an accurate way of viewing the situation. Many experts believe that the pandemic will not come under control until a majority of the population has been exposed to the virus and developed immunity — which would mean getting younger and healthy people back to work could actually be the best decision for the economy and for public health.

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Barack Obama spotted playing golf two days before Michelle Obama urged fellow DC residents to ‘stay home’ except for ‘essential’ reasons

Former President Barack Obama was spotted hitting the links at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Gainesville, Virginia, Saturday afternoon, according to Politico Playbook.

He and former first lady Michelle Obama still live in Washington, D.C. — and the city has urged residents to “stay home except if you need essential healthcare, essential food, essential supplies” or to “go to your essential job.”

What’s more, just two days after her husband’s golf outing, Michelle Obama’s public service message to fellow D.C. residents urging the same stay-at-home plea was aired:

“Remember, we urge you to stay home except if you need essential healthcare, essential food or supplies, or to go to your essential job,” she said in an audio message posted to Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Twitter page Monday. “Thank you, and please stay home, D.C.”

Is it possible that traveling 40 miles from the nation’s capital to swing your 9-iron rises to the level of “essential”?

Pattern here?

The Obamas aren’t the only ones living by an apparent double standard amid the coronavirus lockdown.

As TheBlaze has previously reported, Chicago’s far-left Mayor Lori Lightfoot got testy last month after she was called out for her private audience with a hairdresser — a no-no under her strict mandate for fellow Chicago residents.

Her reason? “I’m the public face of this city. I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye,” she replied gruffly to a reporter.

And New York City’s far-left Mayor Bill de Blasio appears to be a veteran at this. He and his wife were caught on video over the weekend by an angry New Yorker who accused the couple of “selfish behavior” for allegedly making a nonessential chauffeured trip to take a stroll in a park 11 miles from their home instead of using the park near their mansion.

Hilariously he was even turned in to his own social distancing snitch hotline for violating his own lockdown orders.

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LGBT-owned restaurant uses drag queens to bring food orders to cars during coronavirus: ‘It’s just a way we can expose ourselves to them’

Many restaurants have found a way to stay afloat amid the coronavirus that’s shuttered most businesses by offering delivery and to-go service — and at least one eatery is adding a bit of flair to the deal.

Fiddlehead Restaurant in Michigan City, Indiana, features drag queens each Saturday who wear masks and gloves and bring customers’ food orders in bags to their vehicles, WLS-TV reported

Image source: WLS-TV video screenshot

What are the details?

The promotion is called Dragside Pickup.

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“We just thought that this idea was fantastic,” one man told the station after receiving his order from the “gorgeous” drag queens, adding, “God bless these guys for doing this.”

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Owner Aaron O’Reilly told WLS he and others from Fiddlehead — which he said is “LGBT-owned and operated” — wanted “to brighten some peoples’ days” with something “a little different and a little fun.”

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He added to the station that “the community here in Michigan City has been so open and loving” and that “it is really, really heartwarming to see the community step up and come out and have a good time and smile and laugh.”

A girl noted to WLS, “I love drag queens; I think they’re the sweetest.”

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One of them added to the station that “it’s just a way we can expose ourselves to them and have a little bit of fun in the process.”

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Business owner arrested for reopening tattoo shop amidst North Carolina’s stay-at-home order

A North Carolina business owner was arrested for violating the state’s stay-at-home order. Matthew “Jax” Myers opened his tattoo parlor on Wednesday, and within minutes he was arrested.

Myers defied Gov. Roy Cooper’s executive order that only “essential” businesses could be open because of the coronavirus pandemic. Myers, 38, opened up Apex Tattoo Factory, which he has owned for the last eight years. Myers resisted the shutdown orders because he was struggling financially and was worried his business would die.

Myers had posted on social media announcing that he was opening up his tattoo shop. Some people who saw the Facebook post notified the police. Officers from the Apex Police Department contacted Myers after receiving complaints and explained the orders that prohibited him from opening.

Myers opened up the Apex Tattoo Factory at 1 p.m. Wednesday, and within 10 minutes, he was being arrested for violating North Carolina’s stay-at-home order.

Police charged Myers with violating “Emergency Prohibitions and Restrictions, North Carolina General Statute 14-288.20A,” an offense that carries up to a $1,000 fine or a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail if convicted.

“While understanding of and generally cooperative with officers, he refused to come into compliance with the Proclamation and was subsequently arrested without further incident,” read a police statement.

“I respect the Apex Police Department. And it’s probably with the heaviest of heart of all that this has to happen in Apex,” Myers said.

“I’m a law-abiding citizen. I’ve done nothing wrong,” he told WRAL-TV.

Myers attempted to get a small business loan and unemployment assistance, but he was not approved for either.

“When you can put a father of three in jail for opening his business because nobody will give me a loan, and let alone help me,” Myers said. “My own bank, nobody is helping us.”

“He has spent years building up this business, and for it to be taken away after being shut down for so long would be horrible,” his wife Amber Myers said.

Amber and Matthew have been vocal opponents to Cooper’s stay-at-home order, and they attended the ReOpenNC protests in downtown Raleigh.

“Whatever the consequences are to his decision, I’m gonna be there after it all and extend my hand to him and say ‘I’m in this with you,'” Apex Mayor Jacques Gilbert said of Myers’ arrest. “And I support you, and we’re gonna get through this together.”

“What I would say about him is that he’s making a decision that obviously I wouldn’t make in my current position, but I’m not in his position,” Gilbert said. “I don’t know exactly how he feels.”

“I was never actually intending on tattooing anybody; it was in protest,” Myers said. The tattoo artist has no regrets and plans to attend more ReOpenNC rallies until the state finally allows him to get back to business.

A week ago, Gov. Cooper extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 9, which was originally scheduled to expire on April 29, but the administration said that the state had “not yet seen a downward trajectory” in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations. North Carolina will reopen in three stages, and personal care services will open in phase two, which is likely not to be allowed to reopen until late May or early June.

North Carolina has more than 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 397 COVID-19 deaths.


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‘This is how Nazi Germany started’: Four lockdown protesters arrested during rally in front of North Carolina governor’s mansion

As hundreds of lockdown protesters converged Tuesday upon Raleigh, North Carolina, demanding that Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper reopen the state’s economy and lift his stay at home order, four of the protesters were arrested, the News & Observer reported.

The demonstrators were handcuffed after they stepped upon the sidewalk outside the governor’s mansion in violation of police instructions, the paper said.

‘This is how Nazi Germany started’

ReOpenNC leader Ashley Smith was among the arrestees, the News & Observer reported. As she was being handcuffed, the 33-year-old yelled that officers were “dishonoring the flag” and that her “tax dollars” paid for the sidewalk she was standing upon.

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“This is how Nazi Germany started,” her husband, Adam Smith, remarked, according to the paper. Smith used a bullhorn to call each officer outside the governor’s mansion a “little piggie,” the News & Observer said, adding that other protesters handed him bail money.

Before her arrest, Ashley Smith stood in a pickup truck and delivered a speech, the paper said: “We’ll all go to church, we’ll open our businesses, and we’ll buy what we want. We will not go down gently. … If you feel the need to stay home, it is your God-given right to do so. But we want to live!”

The other arrestees were Wendy Kath Macasieb, 53; Lisa Marks Todd, 55; and Jonathan Warren, 35, the News & Observer said. All four arrestees were charged with violation of the executive order and resisting a public officer, the paper said, adding that Warren also was charged with injury to real property.

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What did the governor have to say?

During a Tuesday news conference, Cooper said he understands it’s “frustrating to be at home so much” and knows “people with families that are hanging by a thread,” the paper said, adding that despite the difficulties the time to reopen hasn’t arrived.

“The thing we have to put first and foremost is the public health and safety of North Carolinians,” Cooper added, according to the News & Observer. “We have to make sure that things are safe. I’m very eager to move into our phases of reopening. We have a way to look at the indicators to tell us how fast we are going to get there. I hope we move through these as quickly as possible.”

Cooper announced an extension of his stay-home order until May 8, the papers said, adding that he also established benchmarks that the state must meet in order to begin relaxing the restrictions.

Counterprotesters heckled

The protesters heckled and screamed at about a dozen health care workers who counterprotested the rally with phrases such as “let us work!” and “all paychecks are essential!” the paper said.

One protester asked what happens when the food runs out — and then answered his own question: “We’ll eat the health care workers,” the News & Observer reported.

The paper added that one protester stood on the sidewalk where the health care workers were standing and asked police officers, “What law am I violating by standing on the sidewalk?” He then put his hands together as if preparing to be handcuffed and said, “Take me to jail for not violating the law. Take me to jail,” the News & Observer said, adding that the officers walked away.

Retired nurse Deborah McNally joined the lockdown protesters and said unemployment is a greater threat than the coronavirus, the paper reported. “They don’t realize there’s not going to be a hospital because they’re not doing elective surgeries. You can’t get mammograms, you can’t get colonoscopies. Everything is elective except COVID,” McNally said.

‘Pharaoh Cooper! Let my barber go!’

Barbers and hairdressers have been out of work due to the governor’s stay-at-home order, the News & Observer said, adding that some showed up to the rally.

“Every job is essential,” salon owner Danielle Wells said, according to the paper. “Every job matters.”

Another protester was more direct, the News & Observer said: “Pharaoh Cooper! Let my barber go!”

Some protesters carried signs with religious themes — “Trust God not Reopening” — while others appeared to point toward violence, the paper said. One sign included an image of a handgun with the slogan “The Only Shot I’ll Take” while another read, “If we hanged traitors like our forefathers did, we would all be at work today,” the News & Observer noted.

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Anything else?

Earlier this month, a similar rally held by lockdown protesters elicited a tweet from the Raleigh Police Department saying that “protesting is a non-essential activity.”


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Pastor given ankle bracelet for defying stay-at-home order continues to preach anyway

Louisiana pastor Tony Spell, who leads Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, was placed on house arrest and fitted with an ankle monitoring device last week for refusing to suspend church services amid the coronavirus crisis.

On Sunday, Spell continued to defy the stay-at-home order.

According to The Advocate, Spell, who lives just 50 yards from the church where he pastors, held services despite a judge’s order prohibiting the pastor from leaving his house.

“It’s a dirty, rotten, crying shame when you have to hide in America,” Spell told his congregation, NBC News reported.

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In late March, Spell was issued a summons for violating the governor’s executive order against gatherings of more than 50 people. He hosted a church service of about 500 worshippers.

The following week, Spell was accused of violating the order again. He told CNN that he hosted around 1,220 churchgoers for a Palm Sunday service at his church.

Spell was then arrested Tuesday and charged with assault for allegedly backing up his church bus dangerously close to a protester outside the church. He was met outside the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison by cheering supporters after he posted bail. The pastor insisted he would not give up his rights to worship.

Spell was expected to turn himself into authorities after the service for violating the judge’s conditions, The Advocate reported.

Joseph Long, Spell’s attorney, said his client will continue to litigate what he characterized as an attempt by the state of Louisiana to force Spell to stop “preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to his congregation.”

“Obviously, we believe this is an illegal order in violation of the Constitution, and will litigate the issue,” Long said.

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California now will allow drive-in church services amid coronavirus shelter-in-place order, reversing course after lawsuit

California has reversed course and now is allowing drive-in church services amid coronavirus shelter-in-place orders, KMPH-TV reported.

What are the details?

The policy change came after a lawsuit from the Center for American Liberty and its request for a temporary restraining order, the station said.

Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and state Attorney General Xavier Becerra responded by agreeing that since cars are “technology,” drive-in church services should be allowed under the state’s shelter-in-place rule, KMPH said.

The caveat is that drive-in church service participants must continue to follow social distancing guidelines, the station said.

“The state does not get to dictate the method of worship to the faithful,” Harmeet K. Dhillon, chief executive officer for the Center for American Liberty, said in a statement at the time of the lawsuit. “If a Californian is able to go to Costco or the local marijuana shop or liquor store and buy goods in a responsible, socially distanced manner, then he or she must be allowed to practice their faith using the same precautions.”

After the policy change, Dhillon called it “heartening progress for our clients, and all Californians. But while this is a step in the right direction, it is still not enough.”

More from Dhillon:

“The state is still holding houses of worship to a different standard,” explained Dhillon. “[Attorney General William] Barr’s statement on Tuesday was clear, states cannot have two sets of restrictions — those that apply to churches and the more relaxed standards that apply to other entities. The State’s orders still do not define worship as an essential activity that permits travel in California, even while at the same time the state is now saying drive-in worship is permissible. The orders are riddled with contradictory and confusing language.”

“Even after these policy changes, houses of worship are still very limited in their permissible activities. Many of these activities provide immeasurable societal good, be it delivering food to the elderly, hosting addiction support groups, providing spiritual comfort and counseling for Californians in crisis, and so many other essential services,” explained Dhillon.

Barr last week warned state authorities that social distancing mandates do not give them the right to restrict religious organizations more than nonreligious ones.

“We intend to pursue this case until all Californians are restored the full free exercise of religion guaranteed to all Americans under the Constitution,” Dhillon added.

Anything else?

In Mississippi, a controversy over drive-in church services was resolved last week after the Democratic mayor of Greenville backed down from his executive order banning such services. Errick D. Simmons’ change of heart happened after uproar and lawsuits earlier this month after city police officers handed out $500 tickets to members of Temple Baptist Church who stayed in their vehicles with their windows up in the church parking lot to listen to their pastor’s radio sermon.

(H/T: LifeSite News)

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Helicopter apparently equipped with night vision nabs social distancing violators on Australian rooftop — and it’s all on video

Cops aren’t pulling out all the stops to corral coronavirus social distancing violators only in the United States and United Kingdom — they’re at it Down Under, too.

What are the details?

Police received several reports about illegal entering at a construction site in the Queensland, Australia, suburb of Palm Beach, Gold Coast Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler told 4BC News Talk.

“It was a set of units under construction, which raises a few issues,” Wheeler added to the station. “It’s an unsafe place to be, at the start.”

It appears cops used night vision from a helicopter to locate the trouble. And indeed a trio of men — ages 19, 20, and 21 — were spotted on the site’s rooftop Saturday night, 7News reported.

4BC News Talk said they were illegally drinking and socializing.

‘The building is surrounded by police’

Video showed the moment the jig was up.

“This is the police, this is the police,” an officer’s voice can be heard from the helicopter as the young men start gazing skyward. “To the three people sitting on the building rooftop — yes, we can see you, with the hoodie in the middle, with your cold drinks. The building is surrounded by police. We need you to return to the ground floor. Return to the bottom immediately.”

What happened to the culprits?

The trio of men will be fined $1,334 for breaching public health directions against gatherings for nonessential reasons, 7News reported, adding that they also were issued infringement notices for being unlawfully on the premises.

“This is a textbook example of a breach where there has been a total and blatant disregard for not only the law, but also the direction of the chief health officer’s directions,” Wheeler added to 7News.

The 19-year-old and 20-year-old also were charged with drug possession and will appear in court in July, 7News said.

4BC News Talk commentators wondered if police were being a bit heavy handed, but Wheeler shot that right down.

“This is about keeping the community safe; it’s about stopping the spread of COVID-19 in Queensland,” he told the radio station. “It’s also about [protecting] people who’ve got businesses and premises that are not attended, that we … get around as much as we can to make sure those venues are secure.”

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Mind-reading MSNBC panel: ‘Overwhelmingly white’ protesters demanding reopening of economy actually want ‘more black and brown people to die’

Far-left MSNBC panelists tried their collective hand at mind reading during an “AM Joy” segment Sunday, insisting that the “overwhelmingly white” protesters showing up to state capitals to demand the reopening of the economy amid the coronavirus shutdown are throwing a “temper tantrum” — and even worse “want more black and brown people to die” in the process.

What are the details?

“They are the Fox News, Nazi, confederate death cult rump of the Republican Party,” Dave Zirin, sports editor of The Nation, offered during the panel discussion before going on a virtue-signaling rant:

“And their very existence is a slap in the face not only to the health care workers on the front lines risking their lives every single day, but it’s also a slap in the face to the people who are actually dying from this virus in disproportionate numbers, black and brown people. These aren’t economically disenfranchised folks; these are small business owners, these are retirees. These are people who want their workers to be sent back to work, not themselves.”

Zirin called their protesting an “astroturf farce” and “racist” before insisting the media shouldn’t cover them.

“They frankly don’t deserve the sweat off our brow,” he concluded before firing off a little side-to-side head bob as if he just won a poetry slam.

Renee Graham — an opinion columnist for the Boston Globe — said the only reason the protests began is because white people conducting them felt inconvenienced given reports that COVID-19 has been disproportionately affecting people of color.

“One thing I think is really interesting is how these protests have started after all the headlines the last week or so about the disproportionate effect the virus is having in communities of color,” Graham said. “And so when I look at these protests, what I see are a bunch of white people essentially saying, ‘Oh, it’s affecting those people, so why do I have to change my life for them?'”

She also said the “overwhelmingly white” protesters simply “don’t care” about anyone but themselves.

“They’re out there waving American flags. They don’t care about America,” Graham added. “What they care about is [President] Donald Trump and what Donald Trump has created. They don’t care about the people risking their lives to keep this country moving … all they want is another battle waged for their lost cause. This isn’t a protest; this is a temper tantrum.”

Michael Harriot, senior writer for The Root, put it bluntly: “If you want the government to open up, then you want more black and brown people to die.”

(H/T: Townhall)

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New Jersey just ordered a tulip farm to cease drive-thru tours. They violate left-wing governor’s social distancing executive order.

Democratic New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has been making quite a name for himself amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week, Murphy told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that he “wasn’t thinking of the Bill of Rights” when he issued an executive order banning gatherings of more than 10 people to stem the tide of COVID-19 — including religious services — which has resulted in multiple arrests.


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“We are really damned unhappy” about disobedient residents “and we’re going to take action,” Murphy declared earlier this month, according to the Atlantic City Press. He added to the paper there are “too many people not paying attention” to his order and “we’ve about had it.”

Oh, it gets better

The latest casualty of Murphy’s executive order? A tulip farm.

Dalton Farms in Swedesboro said in a Facebook post Sunday night that “as of 7 p.m. we were ordered to cease all operations by an Assistant Prosecutor from the State of New Jersey.”

At issue was Dalton Farms’ popular tulip tours at its 99-acre property, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post reported, adding that the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office ordered the shutdown because the tours violated Murphy’s executive order.

“For those who had purchased tickets for Monday-Wednesday we will be working to refund all tickets for those dates,” the farm said in its post. “We’re heartbroken to get this news in the middle of the day and would like to thank all those who came out over the last few weeks. We hope to see everyone in Sept for Sunflowers.”

How are folks reacting?

Quite a few people commented on Dalton Farms’ Facebook post, and they weren’t pleased with the shutdown order:

  • “People can still meander around Target for non-essential items, spreading germs and putting people at risk. But I can’t visit a tulip field within the confines of my own car with my family, spreading absolutely zero germs beyond my immediate family. Makes ZERO sense. Thanks Governor Murphy!!!!!!”
  • “I have pretty much agreed with mostly everything the state has done so far. But this is ridiculous! You don’t even get out of the car! So upsetting.”
  • “This was so well organized!! It was so beautiful such a stress relief … but people can line up in front of Walmart to buy TVs.”
  • “All you were doing was bringing people joy! Nobody was put in harms way. Such a sin. Thank you for giving us a safe family memory. It was the only time we were out together in over a month. When this is all over, we will be back as loyal customers.”

What did Murphy have to say?

The governor defended his lockdown policy at a news conference Tuesday, the Courier-Post reported.

“It’s not a life sentence,” Murphy said, according to the paper. “The fact of the matter is this is about saving lives, and we’re going to do what we can to save lives.”

Not the only New Jersey tulip farm ordered to close

Holland Ridge Farms in Cream Ridge tried to host a drive-thru tulip tour earlier this month, but state officials told the outfit to close, NJ.com reported.

Owner Casey Jansen told the outlet he spent at least $1 million on planting flowers months ago to prepare for the popular Monmouth County tulip festival.

According to the Shore News Network, Jansen said he received a letter from the state threatening that two New Jersey State Police officers would be at his farm to arrest him if a single car drove through his field.

Anything else?

The rap sheets are indeed piling up for coronavirus shutdown scofflaws in the Garden State:

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Cops nab murder suspect after he breaks social distancing rules at Florida beach

The controversial social distancing rules in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic have led to the arrest of a murder suspect in Jacksonville, Florida.

Jacksonville Beach Police say that they identified 31-year-old Mario Matthew Gatti as a murder suspect wanted in relation to a criminal investigation in Pennsylvania.

Gatti was enjoying the beach in Jacksonville, but he was flouting the social distancing rules which prompted police to apprehend him.

He was wanted for the homicide of 33-year-old Michael Coover Jr. in January. Coover was shot multiple times at a home in Westmoreland County.

Police at the time said that Gatti was considered armed and dangerous.

He was captured while wearing shorts with an American flag design. Police said that he had been “lounging” at the dunes at the beach.

In addition to the homicide charge in Pennsylvania, Gatti faces charges in Florida for giving false information to police and for drug possession.

Social distancing orders have caused an economic collapse in many sectors of the economy, leading many Americans to protest publicly for the re-opening of society to ease the economic pain. Public health experts warn that opening up too soon could lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus.

Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry re-opened the beaches on Friday, but only to limited use in order to try to maintain the social distancing guidelines.

Here’s a local news video about the capture:


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President Trump: Dems ‘go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques’; wonders if social distancing will be enforced for Ramadan

President Donald Trump accused Democrats of bias against Christians and Jews — and wondered if coronavirus social distancing policies will be enforced against Muslims during Ramadan.

“They go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques,” Trump said of Democrats during a news conference Saturday.

What are the details?

A reporter asked Trump about his retweet of conservative author Paul Sperry’s Twitter post, which asked, “Let’s see if authorities enforce the social-distancing orders for mosques during Ramadan (April 23-May 23) like they did churches during Easter.”

During Ramadan — a 30-day period which begins Thursday — Muslims don’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset.

Trump replied, “I would like to see that. And, you know, I just spoke with leaders and people that love mosques. They love mosques. And I’m all in favor of that. But I would say that there could be a difference. And we’ll have to see what will happen, because I’ve seen a great disparity in this country. I’ve seen a great disparity.”

The president then turned his attention to Democrats in Congress, particularly freshmen U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (New York), Ilhan Omar (Minnesota), Rashida Tlaib (Michigan), and Ayanna Pressley (Massachusetts).

“I mean, I’ve seen a very strong anti-Israel bent in Congress with Democrats,” Trump said, adding that it “was unthinkable seven or eight or 10 years ago. And now they’re into a whole different thing between Omar and AOC — I say AOC plus three; add them on. You have — I mean, the things that they say about Israel are so bad. And I — I can’t believe it.”

Omar and Tlaib both have made multiple anti-Semitic statements.

‘They go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques’

Then apparently turning back to Democratic governors who’ve made headlines for enforcing coronavirus stay-at-home orders prior to Easter, Trump said he would be “very interested” to see what happens over Ramadan “because they go after Christian churches, but they don’t tend to go after mosques. And I don’t want them to go after mosques, but I do want to see what their — what their bent is.”

But when a reporter asked Trump if he’s suggesting “imams wouldn’t follow social distancing,” the president said no, adding that he just had a “tremendous” phone call with imams, rabbis, and ministers.

“I am somebody that believes in faith,” Trump also said. “And it matters not what your faith is, but our politicians seem to treat different faiths very differently. And they seem to think — and I don’t know what happened with our country — but the Christian faith is treated much differently than it was. And I think it’s treated very unfairly.”

As it happens, a mosque in New York is reportedly still open for daily prayers amid the coronavirus pandemic — and Muslims are still allowed gather in the mosque’s prayer room for calls to prayer throughout the week.

CAIR blasts Trump

The Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned Trump’s words, saying on Sunday that he promoted a “notorious anti-Muslim bigot’s tweet questioning whether U.S. mosques will be treated differently during the upcoming month of Ramadan than churches were treated during Easter amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.”

CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad said in a statement that Trump’s “bigoted attempt to use American Muslims as a political football just before the holy month of Ramadan was as divisive as it was insulting. Mosques across our nation have already announced plans to remain closed indefinitely because the American Muslim community, unlike President Trump, recognizes the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.”

Awad added that the president’s “claim that American mosques — many of which have been protested, threatened, vandalized and even bombed in the years since he launched his first presidential campaign — receive preferential treatment compared to other faiths is an Islamophobic fantasy. Instead of fanning the flames of bigotry to distract the public from his own failures, the President should focus on combating the continued spread of the coronavirus.”

Here’s a clip of Trump’s news conference via CAIRtv, which called them “incoherent”:


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State official’s chief of staff: Protesters against stay-at-home orders should be lured into ‘MAGA’ warehouse, locked in — ‘then let Darwin work his magic’

Len Foxwell — chief of staff for Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot — last Monday on Facebook shared a link to an article about a group called “The Patriot Movement,” which called on people to defy coronavirus-related stay-at-home orders,
WJZ-TV reported.

The station said Foxwell wrote the following on his post, which has since been taken down:

Let’s lure them into a big, big warehouse (we’ll call it something real classy to suit their refined sensibilities, like “America MAGA Platinum Palace”) with the promise of all the unfiltered Camels they can smoke, all the Salisbury steak and banana moonpies they can eat, washed down by all the Old Crow and Icehouse they can drink.

Plus, autographs from Scott Baio and pics with Tawny Kitean [sic], posing all sexy and everything on a sportscar, just like in that old Whitesnake video! Get them in, bar the door, and then let Darwin work his magic.

Backlash

Maryland Republican Party Chairman Dirk Haire got wind of Foxwell’s post and called on Franchot to fire his chief of staff, WJZ reported.

“I hope you agree with me that Mr. Foxwell’s statements suggesting the genocide of President Trump’s supporters are extraordinarily inappropriate and representative of a base and destructive mindset,” Haire wrote, the station said. “A review of Mr. Foxwell’s Facebook page shows many similar posts by Mr. Foxwell.”

Haire also said Franchot — a Democrat — should keep his future in mind, the Baltimore Sun reported.

“As an announced candidate for governor of Maryland in 2022, I expect you to do the right thing and terminate Mr. Foxwell’s employment as your chief of staff,” Haire wrote to Franchot, the paper said. “If you do not, you can be certain that Mr. Foxwell’s views, and your refusal to repudiate such views, will be made aware to every voter in Maryland during the 2022 campaign by the Maryland Republican Party.”

‘My deep, searing distaste for the President’s politics’

Foxwell on Saturday responded that his comments were made “in a typical spirit of sarcasm and jest” and were not directed at Trump supporters but rather at the leaders and members of the group, WJZ said:

Again, this had nothing to do with rank-and-file Trump supporters — notwithstanding my deep, searing distaste for the President’s politics and his catastrophic mismanagement of this crisis. Nor, obviously, did I ever express hope that someone would die. Any suggestions to the contrary are simply, absolutely false. By now, it’s fairly obvious that, like so many other social media brush fires that revolve around this President, a handful of provocateurs twisted unrelated content to suit their narrative of victimization and government persecution.

‘I remain 100 percent supportive of Len Foxwell’

Franchot on Saturday night wrote the following on Facebook about the controversy:

Over the past few hours, I’ve fielded a few angry messages and texts from people who are demanding that my Chief of Staff, Len Foxwell, resign or be fired. This, in response to satirical comments that he made on his personal social media feed about the Patriot Movement and their willingness to violate “Stay at Home” orders imposed by the Governor of Idaho.

It has never been my policy to comment on social media content posted by members of my staff, so long as it is done on their own time. I won’t start now. Suffice to say, however, that I remain 100 percent supportive of Len Foxwell and the exceptional work he continues to do for me and for the people of Maryland. He is an exceptional public servant, a dear family friend, and I look forward to his continued service as my Chief of Staff for years to come.

Enjoy your evening and the rest of this weekend. Stay safe, everyone!

How did folks react to the comptroller’s defense of his chief of staff?

Franchot’s Facebook post drew about 2,000 comments — and as you can imagine, more than a few were angry at his support for Foxwell:

  • “You just lost my vote …”
  • “MD gov’t is becoming a huge joke. This statement and Mr. Foxwell’s are a disgrace coming from people CLAIMING to work for the best interest of the public. Just disgusting. Supporting people that are this partisan will ruin our society.”
  • “But these stay at home nuts are about saving so many lives. Now they are making excuses for having Naziesque fantasies. Shame on you Peter Franchot for supporting someone who fantasizes of murdering people he doesn’t agree with.”
  • “So because he is a family friend you condone his actions above the Marylander’s you serve. You are just as crooked as he. Time for you to go too. Wake up people of Maryland!!!”
  • “Peter Franchot lest you forget, you both serve at the behest of the voters of Maryland. They have long memories and will remember Len Foxwell’s nasty assessment of how he sees the people of Maryland. Reminds me of Hillary Clinton’s ‘Basket of Deplorables’ comment that may have cost her the election.”

Anything else?

Haire on Sunday responded to Franchot’s statement by emailing the following to party supporters, the Sun said: “The Maryland Republican Party will be ready to deploy significant amounts of advertising and communications dollars in the 2022 Governor’s race to make sure every Maryland voter is aware of Comptroller Franchot’s views.”

Foxwell earned $181,000 last year, the paper reported, citing a state salary database.

Oh yeah, remember Foxwell’s mention of conservative actor Scott Baio in his controversial Facebook post? Well, Baio has something for Foxwell:

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Protests against stay-at-home orders erupt across the country from California to Michigan to New Jersey

Protesters from all over the country assembled over the last few days to voice their displeasure to stay-at-home orders as economic conditions deteriorate. Despite decrees from their governors to stay at home, Americans organized protests demanding an end to the coronavirus lockdown.

Over the past week, protests have erupted across the country — from California to Colorado to Texas to Michigan to Ohio to New Jersey. Residents from blue states and red states have demonstrated their desire to get out of their homes and return to their jobs.

California

An estimated 500 people gathered in downtown San Clemente on Sunday to publicly object to California’s state-mandated stay-at-home order. This is the same place where the city government dumped 37 tons of sand into a skate park in order to prevent kids from skating.

At least 200 people showed up for the “Freedom Rally” in San Diego, Calif. on Saturday.

On Friday, more than 200 Californians gathered in Huntington Beach for the “March for Freedom” event to protest against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders.

Colorado

Hundreds of people gathered in downtown Denver near the Capitol building on Sunday to protest Colorado’s stay-home order. The act of defiance was dubbed as “Operation Gridlock.”

Kentucky

At a demonstration outside of Kentucky’s capital of Frankfort on Friday, protestors shouted, “We want to work!” The protestors demanded for Gov. Andy Beshear (D) to “open up Kentucky.”

Maryland

On Saturday, hundreds of protestors gathered in Annapolis for the Reopen Maryland” rally to demand Gov. Larry Hogan (R) lift stay-at-home restrictions. Many drove in their vehicles and honked their horns as their form of civil disobedience.

Michigan

In Friday’s “Operation Gridlock” protest in Lansing, Michigan, a couple thousand demonstrators displayed their ire for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D), and her restrictive stay-at-home order. Whitmer threatened to extend stay-at-home orders if the people continued to engage in “irresponsible actions,” such as protests.

Minnesota

Waving their American flags, several hundred protesters gathered outside the home of Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz on Friday demanding that the state re-open.

New Hampshire

On Saturday, a few hundred people organized outside the New Hampshire State House in an effort to convince politicians to re-open the state. Protestors held signs that read: “Live Free or Die,” “Restore Jobs,” and “Kiss My Constitution.”

New Jersey

A New Jersey woman who organized an anti-lockdown protest in Newark on Friday was charged with violating Gov. Phil Murphy’s (D) stay-at-home orders.

North Carolina

On Tuesday, a rally was staged outside of the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh where protestors demanded that Gov. Roy Cooper (D) allow businesses to re-open. One woman was detained.

Ohio

In Columbus, demonstrators congregated outside the statehouse, where they pressured the governor to re-open the state for business. Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said he was not opposed to protests as long as demonstrators did not violate social distancing guidelines.

Texas

There was a “Liberate” rally at the Governor’s mansion and Capitol building in Austin on Thursday. Protestors chanted “Let us work,” “We are essential,” and “Open Texas Up.”

There were also chants of “Fire Fauci!” A message to President Donald Trump to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the lead health members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Utah

On Friday, more than 1,000 people showed up at the Salt Lake City & County Building for the “Utah Business Revival” rally.

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After lawsuits, uproar over $500 tickets for church members listening to radio sermon in church parking lot, mayor has come-to-Jesus moment

When Errick D. Simmons become mayor of Greenville, Mississippi, in 2016, he looked to keep God at the center of his administration by promoting a faith-based initiative called “Worship on the Water” to bring residents together.

“Psalm 100 demands us to make a joyful noise unto the Lord,” Simmons said, according to his page on the city’s website. “On the fifth Sunday of every month, residents and citizens come and worship at the water on our levee front to make a joyful noise together in corporate worship. Folks are not restricted by the color of their skin nor confined by their churches’ addresses. We come to exalt God as one community.”

But these days the noise around Simmons has been anything but joyful.

Church attendance restrictions

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Simmons issued an executive order last week closing all Greenville church buildings for both in-person and drive-in services.

“It’s all about trying to save lives,” the mayor told the Delta Democrat-Times. “If people continue to gather, it’s going to spread.”

Well, the day after Simmons’ executive order, folks showed up to the parking lot of Temple Baptist Church in Greenville and listened to Pastor Arthur Scott’s sermon on the radio in their cars.

Lee Gordon — a 23-year member of the church as well as a representative for the Washington County Board of Supervisors — told the Democrat-Times he and his wife were among those gathered in the church parking lot, and they figured everybody was abiding by coronavirus social distancing guidelines given they were in their cars with the windows rolled up.

But that wasn’t the case. Gordon told the paper he and his wife were both issued $500 tickets.

‘Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on’

Another Temple Baptist church member recorded video of police issuing tickets in the parking lot.

“Somewhere right now in the city of Greenville, real crime is going on,” the man said from behind the wheel of his vehicle. “They got half of the police squad at Temple Baptist Church. Seventy- and 80-year-old people … most of them never even had a speeding ticket. But this is a better use of Greenville’s resources.”

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The man recording the video got a ticket, too.

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“Just handed a ticket by a man with no gloves. He gave me an ink pen to sign it …,” he said, adding that he and other church members were “complying 100% with the governor’s ordinance on COVID-19. And they come and force us not to comply. They force us to make human contact. Your city dollars at work for you.”

Here’s the video:


Police Raid Drive-In Church Service for Elderly, Issue Fines to Entire Congregation

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Fallout

In the wake of the $500 ticket incident, Alliance Defending Freedom filed a federal lawsuit last Friday saying the order banning church services is unconstitutional, the Associated Press reported.

Earlier this week, U.S. Attorney General William Barr warned state authorities that social distancing mandates do not include the right to restrict religious organizations more than nonreligious ones. First Liberty Institute also filed a lawsuit against Greenville, the AP said.

Simmons also told the outlet he’s received death threats.

A change of heart

Finally the Democratic mayor said Monday the city wouldn’t make people pay the $500 tickets but that he wanted Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to give clear guidance about how his statewide stay-at-home order affects religious services, the AP said.

Reeves has said during public appearances in the last two weeks that he doesn’t believe government can ban religious services, but he’s also asked pastors and other religious leaders to hold worship services online rather than in person, the outlet added.

Simmons said Reeves provided clear guidance about worship services Wednesday during a call with mayors, the AP said.

“The governor stated today … for the very first time that drive-in church services where families stay in their cars with windows up are safe,” he said.

With that, Simmons said people may attend drive-in church services but must keep their windows up, the outlet said, adding that he also said churches may allow up to 10 people at a time in a building for worship services shown online or carried on TV or radio, as long as those inside the church follow public health guidelines to maintain a safe distance from one another.

During a news conference Wednesday, Reeves criticized the fact that Greenville police made motorists roll down their windows at drive-in church services to receive their tickets, the AP reported.

“The actions taken by an over-burdensome government actually put more people at risk,” he said.

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‘You’re killing people! Go home!’: UK cop blasts journalist documenting woman’s removal from park; police said she was ‘clearly not exercising’

Journalist Michael Segalov noted on Twitter that while walking through Finsbury Park in London on April 5 he spotted police confronting a woman who protested she was being treated unfairly.

What happened next?

“I have done nothing wrong,” the woman could be heard saying on video Segalov recorded as police led her out of the park. “I’m not resisting.”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

After he followed the officers and the woman out of the park where they stopped by a pair of police vans, Segalov recounted in his Twitter thread that he was “quickly surrounded — much closer than 2 meters — by 5 male officers. They stopped me being able to keep a safe distance. I explained calmly that I’m a journalist and was documenting an incident while walking.”

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He then said Sgt. Gary Brown (3058U) got in his face and said he was “not authorized to go around videoing” before letting loose with some hollering: “You’re killing people! Go home!”

“Or you get fined,” another officer told Segalov.

What happened later?

According to a complaint letter filed by the ITN network, Segalov felt the officer’s spittle on his face, VICE reported.

More from the outlet:

The National Police Chiefs’ Council guidance on working with journalists during the coronavirus outbreak clearly states that “journalists are covered as key workers,” acknowledges that there is “a public interest in keeping the population informed,” and that police will “engage” with journalists if they are unsure why they are outside. Journalists are expected to follow the guidelines on social distancing, which Segalov was doing until he was surrounded.

“We are in a public health emergency, not a police state,” Segalov also noted on his Twitter thread. “Surely officers must not be able to act without scrutiny, and journalists must not be aggressively stopped from documenting what they see.”

VICE also said Segalov wants an investigation into Sgt. Brown and the other officers as well as a public apology.

What did police have to say?

Police told the outlet that officers were encouraging a woman who was “clearly not exercising” to leave the park when “a man, who identified himself as a journalist, began filming the interaction. The officers spoke to the man. We can confirm a complaint has been received in relation to that interaction which is currently being considered. We always expect our officers to engage with the public in a courteous and respectful manner and where this is not the case, their conduct will be reviewed and they can rightfully be held to account.”

According to the Islington Gazette, vans with loudspeakers have been at parks telling people, “You should only be here for exercise. If you’re not, then please go home.”

Pattern emerging?

TheBlaze recently reported on several disturbing incidents regarding United Kingdom police and their actions related to coronavirus social distancing measures:

On Monday, an expletive-filled video was posted to Twitter showing a man berating “British f***ing police” who allegedly bashed through his front door “to make sure there’s nothing going on” amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

Content warning: More than a few F-bombs:

The previous week, a U.K. cop was caught on video telling a man he isn’t allowed to sit in his own front garden due to the government’s COVID-19 lockdown.

The officer also chastised the man for wanting to go to the supermarket twice — and that she saw him out earlier after making a nonessential purchase: “You’ve already been to the shop once; I’ve seen you with two cans of pop.”

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While millions are jobless amid COVID-19, millionaire Nancy Pelosi shows off freezer full of ice cream that gets her through ‘these trying times’

While millions of Americans have lost their jobs in a matter of weeks amid widespread, forced business closures meant to flatten the coronavirus curve, wealthy Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi found the time to chat via video conferencing with TV host James Corden about — wait for it — her sweet tooth.

Aww, ain’t she sweet?

The host of “The Late Late Show With James Corden” asked Pelosi to do a show and tell from her home, and the multimillionaire California politician was only too happy to share a view of her basket of chocolate:

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But Corden really got excited after Pelosi — standing in front of very expensive-looking refrigerators — opened up her freezer drawer and showed that it was full of freshly stocked ice cream.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

“I don’t know what I would’ve done if ice cream were not invented,” Pelosi remarked.

Here comes the gut-punch line

One might think she’d just leave the short chat alone at its conclusion, but the clip of her exchange with Corden showed up on Madame Speaker’s Twitter account — along with the following incredulous caption: “We all have found our ways to keep our spirits up during these trying times. Mine just happens to fill up my freezer.”

“Trying times”? Really?

Pelosi is in no danger of losing her job amid the coronavirus shutdown — at least not until after November’s election. But even then, what would she have to worry about? PolitiFact noted that Pelosi’s net worth shared with her business tycoon husband is no lower than $34 million and could be as high as $160 million.

How did others react?

Journalist Glenn Greenwald called Pelosi’s video-op “tone deaf” and remarked that the “two huge refrigerators by themselves cost more than many people make in a year.”

Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the Intercept, was equally put off:

And Matt Whitlock, senior adviser for the National Republican Senatorial Committee, had this to say:

(H/T: Red State)

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem accuses Washington Post of blatant disregard for facts surrounding the Smithfield Foods COVID-19 outbreak

South Dakota Republican Gov. Kristi Noem slammed the Washington Post Wednesday, claiming the paper ignored facts and ran with an agenda in its recent report on the meat processing plant forced to close in the state due to the coronavirus.

In a report Monday, the Post criticized the governor for not issuing a stay-at-home order for her state, suggesting that her refusal to do so inevitably resulted in the recent outbreak at Smithfield Foods, a giant pork-processing plant where more than 500 workers have recently fallen ill with COVID-19.

But Noem is not accepting that narrative. In an interview with Glenn Beck, she fired back, asserting that a shelter-in-place or lockdown order would not have affected the Smithfield Foods plant since it is a “critical infrastructure business.”

“Regardless if I had chosen to put a shelter-in-place order across the state of South Dakota, that plant would have been up and operating because it’s such an important part of our food supply and, frankly, having it running is a national security issue,” she said.

“The [Washington] Post decided to not use the facts and run with an agenda that I think is unfortunate for the public,” she added. “I think it’s a grave disservice to our public when they don’t tell all the facts because they’re misleading them and creating this fear culture.”

The Smithfield Foods plant in Sioux Falls, responsible for producing 18 million servings of food each day, is one of the nation’s largest pork processing plants in America. On Sunday, the plant announced it would be closing indefinitely and issued an ominous warning about the consequences for the country’s meat supply.

“The closure of this facility, combined with a growing list of other protein plants that have shuttered across our industry, is pushing our country perilously close to the edge in terms of our meat supply,” CEO Kenneth Sullivan said in a statement.

Despite increasing pressure, Noem has stood firm in her refusal to issue a statewide lockdown order even after the pork processing plant became one of the top hot spots in the country for the infectious disease. The state as a whole reported 1,168 confirmed cases as of Wednesday — 934 of those cases are from the county where the plant is located.

In other news, Noem announced on Monday that South Dakota would be launching a statewide trial to test the effectiveness of the Trump-touted antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine against COVID-19.

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AG William Barr warns states against singling out religious gatherings when enforcing social distancing

Attorney General William Barr warned state authorities that social distancing mandates do not give the right to restrict religious organizations more than nonreligious ones Tuesday, after multiple incidents of churchgoers being cited by police made national headlines.

Barr specifically referred to an incident in Mississippi during which police fined church attendees $500, even though they were only listening to the service on the radio in their cars in the church parking lot.

The attorney general acknowledged the value of social distancing and the need to take precautions to slow and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus from Wuhan, China, but said authorities must be careful not to violate constitutional rights, even during an emergency. Barr said, via statement:

In exigent circumstances, when the community as a whole faces an impending harm of this magnitude, and where the measures are tailored to meeting the imminent danger, the constitution does allow some temporary restriction on our liberties that would not be tolerated in normal circumstances.

But even in times of emergency, when reasonable and temporary restrictions are placed on rights, the First Amendment and federal statutory law prohibit discrimination against religious institutions and religious believers. Thus, government may not impose special restrictions on religious activity that do not also apply to similar nonreligious activity.

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest in support of Temple Baptist Church in Greenville, Mississippi, where police fined attendees who were at church, but not violating social distancing guidelines since they remained in their cars. The church, with the help of Alliance Defending Freedom, has sued the city’s mayor.

“The City of Greenville fined congregants $500 per person for attending these parking lot services — while permitting citizens to attend nearby drive-in restaurants, even with their windows open,” Barr’s statement read. “The City appears to have thereby singled churches out as the only essential service (as designated by the state of Mississippi) that may not operate despite following all CDC and state recommendations regarding social distancing.”

(H/T: IJR)

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Scotland residents complain police are fining them for leaving home to buy wine, other nonessential items

Scotland residents are complaining that police are fining them for leaving home to buy wine and other nonessential items, Edinburgh Live reported.

Come again?

The outlet noted that a reader contacted the editorial staff to say she was fined 30 pounds (just over $30) for leaving her residence to buy wine and snacks.

“I was walking through Holyrood Park on Sunday afternoon (5 April) [when] two officers asked to look inside my bag, and then fined me for only having crisps, other snacks, and a bottle of wine,” she told Edinburgh Live.

A West Lothian resident tweeted that “two people I know in West Lothian: a nurse in uniform leaving a patient’s house and someone leaving a shop with just a bottle of wine [were] fined £30,” the outlet added.

Another woman tweeted a complaint to Police Scotland that her friend was “given a fine for buying a bottle of Prosecco,” Edinburgh Live added.

The outlet said United Kingdom lockdown rules set up last month state residents should be leaving their houses only for “very limited purposes,” among them shopping for “basic necessities.” The outlet added that that is causing confusion since there’s no list defining basic necessities.

The other side of the coin

It should be noted that the woman who contacted Edinburgh Live about being fined for buying wine and snacks admitted to the outlet she had refused to comply with the officers’ request to return home immediately.

In addition, a 41-year-old woman from York was fined 660 pounds (just over $825) and arrested by British Transport Police for “loitering” at Newcastle Central station on April 1, Edinburgh Live said, adding that she reportedly refused to tell police why she was traveling.

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Elsewhere in the U.K., other people have taken to social media to complain about what they claim is a “heavy-handed” enforcement of the lockdown rules.

One London resident tweeted: “Police have just fined me for taking the dog a walk at this time of night.” Walking dogs is allowable exercise as long as you are from a symptom-free household and stay within walking distance of your home.

In the North of England, one man complained to Derbyshire Police that: “My wife was stopped as she got in her car after walking the dog on the way to do the weekly shop for us, her 74-year-old mother and a vulnerable neighbor. Officers not interested in reasons, they were rude, bullying, gave a £60 fine with glee.”

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Man goes off on ‘British f***ing police’ who allegedly bashed through his front door ‘to make sure there’s nothing going on’ amid COVID-19 lockdown

An expletive-filled cellphone video is circulating on social media recorded by a man who calls out “British f***ing police” after he said they broke through his front door.

Why?

“We’ve had a call, haven’t we?” a woman officer tells the man as she stands in his hallway accompanied by three male officers.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

She adds to the resident that police received a “disturbance” call and that the officers “need to check the rooms to make sure there’s nothing going on.”

“We’ve had a call that there might be something going on here, so we need to double check,” she also told the man recording the video.

None of the officers were wearing gloves or masks upon entering the residence, and it isn’t clear from the video what department the officers represent or when the incident occurred. The clip was posted Monday to Twitter.

‘What are you doing in my house?’

“What are you doing in my house?” the man asks the officers, growing agitated and refusing to give his name.

The woman officer told the man — after he remarked incredulously “so you kick me door in?” — that had he opened the door, police would’ve explained why they needed to enter.

“I told you why I wouldn’t open the door is because of what’s going ’round, this virus, now f*** off and get out of ‘ere!” the irate man yells at the officers.

As the cops open doors inside the residence and check for signs of an illegal gathering, he hollers at a male officer, “Have a look d**khead! Nothing going here, is there?”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

The resident also calls the officers “f***ing pathetic,” an “absolute disgrace,” and says they have “nothing else” taking up their time.

As the woman officer begins putting on safety gloves and speaking to the man recording the video, he tells her to “shut your f***ing mouth, you f***ing brain-dead c**t!”

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

“Get the f*** out, the lot of ya!” he hollers at the officers as they finally leave the premises.

Image source: Twitter video screenshot

‘British f***ing police’

With that, the man inspects the damage and says the “f***ing idiots broke my f***ing door.”

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“Look at the f***ing state of it, you f***ing knobheads!” he laments by his busted door as the clip comes to an end. “F*** my life!” (In case you’re wondering, “knobhead” is vulgar British slang for a stupid person.)

Here’s the video. (Content warning: F-bomb laden language, as if you couldn’t already tell):

Anything else?

Police have been getting called out in the United Kingdom by residents who say they’re going overboard in efforts to enforce social distancing.

Last week, TheBlaze reported about a U.K. cop caught on video telling a man he isn’t allowed to sit in his own front garden due to the government’s COVID-19 lockdown. The officer also chastised the man for wanting to go to the supermarket twice — and that she saw him out earlier after making a nonessential purchase: “You’ve already been to the shop once; I’ve seen you with two cans of pop.”

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Yet another Democrat bans religious gatherings in face of coronavirus fears

New Mexico Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham amended her mass gathering ban to fight the spread of the coronavirus to include houses of worship, the Las Cruces Sun News reported.

The change was made Saturday — the day before Easter, the paper said, adding that the ban on gatherings of five or more people previously exempted religious gatherings.

“I am so grateful for the support and cooperation from the vast majority of religious leaders of all faiths who have already made the difficult decision to cancel services in the interest of the health and safety of their members,” Lujan Grisham said, according to the Sun News. “I understand the tremendous social and spiritual burden this places on New Mexicans, but ultimately, we must do everything we can to limit the spread of COVID-19, including being absolutely clear that mass gatherings of any type are not permitted in houses of worship.”

Of 39 states that have implemented stay-at-home orders, only 11 have exceptions for religious gatherings — and most of those require social distancing at services, the paper said.

A growing left-wing chorus

On Good Friday, Kentucky Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear warned that anyone caught attending a “mass gathering” in the state over Easter weekend would have their license plates recorded by state police and then would be forced into a two-week self-quarantine.

Still, dozens of cars were in the parking lot of the Maryville Baptist Church in Hillview on Easter morning despite Beshear’s threat — and despite nails spread at the parking lot’s entrances.

After the Democratic mayor of Louisville banned drive-in services for Easter, U.S. District Judge Justin Walker on Saturday granted a Louisville church a temporary restraining order against Greg Fischer’s mandate, thoroughly rebuking him: “The Mayor’s decision is stunning. And it is, ‘beyond all reason,’ unconstitutional.”

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