Dem Governor Caught at Restaurant After Telling Citizens To Stay Home


Another day, another story about a high-ranking Democrat flouting their own instructions to fight the coronavirus by staying home.

This time, it’s Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island. As WLNE-TV reported, Raimondo was caught sans mask at a table at Barnaby’s Public House in Providence, where she reportedly attended a wine and paint night last Friday.

The problem? Earlier in the week, Raimondo had urged her constituents not to go out unless it was absolutely necessary.

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“Please, stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask anytime you’re with people you don’t live with,” she tweeted.

And on Thursday, she extended the statewide “pause” — code for lockdown — for an additional week, during which time social gatherings are to be “limited to your household.”

Apparently, though, those rules are just for the little people — they do not apply to the governor herself.

A spokesperson for Raimondo’s officer claimed the governor followed the rules.

“The governor had dinner at a local restaurant with her husband, and had her mask on anytime she was not eating/drinking,” spokesperson Josh Block said.

Erica Oliveras, the woman who took the picture of Raimondo, also came out in the governor’s defense.

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“The main thing I took out if it is, ‘Wow, she’s here at a small business and she’s supporting,” Oliveras told WLNE. “She came in. She supported. She bought wine.”

Supporting local business is all well and good. And depending on who was at her table, Raimondo may not have technically violated her coronavirus guidelines: Indoor dining is allowed at up to 33 percent capacity as long as everyone at a table is limited to a single household.

Still, it’s not a good look. It sends a message to Raimondo’s citizens that their lives and livelihoods aren’t as important as hers.

Of course, Raimondo isn’t alone in her hypocrisy. Plenty of Democratic leaders have imposed lockdowns on their citizenry while ignoring those lockdowns themselves.

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Gov. Gavin Newsom has kept California locked down for months — but that didn’t stop him from attending a birthday party at The French Laundry in November.

Denver, Colorado, Mayor Michael Hancock advised people to stay home for Thanksgiving, avoiding travel and even home gatherings — and then he hopped on a plane to spend the holiday with family in Mississippi.

Mayor Steve Adler of Austin, Texas, told residents to stay home, then took a private jet to Mexico for a vacation at the family timeshare.

And those are just a few examples. There are plenty of others.

All of this really makes one wonder just how big of a deal the coronavirus is. It’s big enough for these elected officials to impose rules and lockdowns on their citizens, but not big enough to convince them to follow the same rules.

It begs the question: how much of the hype surrounding COVID is merited, and how much of it is politicians taking advantage of a crisis to increase their own power?

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Erin is a freelance writer and attorney based in Colorado. She is a graduate of Truman State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.
Erin is a freelance writer and attorney based in Colorado. She is a graduate of Truman State University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law.