Pelosi Apologizes, Cancels Dem Dinner Party As She And Newsom Skewered As Hypocrites
Sat, 11/14/2020 – 13:00
Despite her assurances that Capitol Hill physicians had signed off, and that the dinner would follow a laundry list of COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, Nancy Pelosi ended up cancelling a dinner for new incoming Democratic House members, offering a hasty apology to outraged liberal allies.
After several conservative blogs and media outlets pointed out the hypocrisy of Pelosi’s explanation (which happened to coincide with a similar incident involving Gavin Newsom and a staffer’s birthday party), Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill announced Friday night that the dinner had been canceled. Of course, the cancellation came only after the backlash; when reporters first questioned Pelosi and her staff about the dinner, she offered a laundry list of excuses.
Instead of holding the dinner in-person, House members would receive “take out” meals and simply head back to wherever they’re staying while they’re in town for orientation, 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. https://t.co/s2pSyUOCbm
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) November 13, 2020
As the Gateway Pundit pointed out, the decision followed reports from an ABC News journalist questioning the wisdom of the event.
House Dem and GOP leaders are holding respective dinners for new members.
.@SpeakerPelosi told me it’s safe. “It’s very spaced,” she said and there is enhanced ventilation and the Capitol physician signed off. pic.twitter.com/ZXjf72lnrP
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) November 13, 2020
Highlighting the hypocrisy among Democratic politicians who have been the most vocal proponents for returning to lockdown, or lockdown-light, conditions.
We are in this together.
Protect yourself and loved ones.
Continue to #StayAtHome, practice social distancing and #WearAMask 😷.
— House Democrats (@HouseDemocrats) November 13, 2020
Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker also slammed the Speaker for appearing hypocritical by sending out an email to constituents claiming “mask wearing and social distancing is essential.”
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