Democratic leaders who praised “Black Lives Matter” protests across the country are now criticizing President Trump’s decision to hold a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The rally, on June 19, will begin a series of other political rallies to culminate with his nomination acceptance speech in Jacksonville, Florida.
Fox News reports: “The apparent hypocrisy comes just weeks after big-city Democrats who once insisted on strict coronavirus lockdown measures had relented in the wake of George Floyd’s in-custody death, and encouraged anti-police demonstrations.”
These Democrats, including Congresswoman Val Demings of Florida, are claiming Trump would be to blame for the resurgence of the coronavirus.
“The president’s plan to hold mass rallies in Florida and elsewhere as we experience a resurgence in COVID cases is irresponsible and selfish,” Demings tweeted on Thursday.
The president’s plan to hold mass rallies in Florida and elsewhere as we experience a resurgence in COVID cases is irresponsible and selfish. https://t.co/G6tdqua70c
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 11, 2020
As BizPac Review reports, however, Demings participated in a “Healing and Hope” rally just days prior to the tweet.
Take a look:
I joined a 'Healing and Hope' rally last night to speak with our community as America grieves. pic.twitter.com/s5oQKkVYOZ
— Rep. Val Demings (@RepValDemings) June 8, 2020
Was that rally “irresponsible and selfish?”
Demings was not the only politician crying “foul” amid Trump’s decision to hold a campaign event.
Former Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders also said Trump’s rally “endangers” attendees and those they come into contact with.
“Trump wants 15,000 delegates cheering him at his GOP convention in Florida,” he tweeted. “No social distancing. His rejection of medical advice endangers not only those there but those they come in contact with.”
The Independent Senator also called Trump “a threat to the health and well-being of the country.”
Trump wants 15,000 delegates cheering him at his GOP convention in Florida. No social distancing. His rejection of medical advice endangers not only those there but those they come in contact with. Trump's a threat to the health and well-being of the country. He must be defeated.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 11, 2020
Just five days prior to the tweet, Sanders was tweeting support for thousands of people marching in the streets against police brutality.
“Congratulations to all who are out on the streets today peacefully protesting. Together, we will end police brutality. Together, we will defeat Trump. Together, we will fight for a government based on justice and compassion, not greed and lies,” Sanders tweeted on Saturday.
Congratulations to all who are out on the streets today peacefully protesting.
Together, we will end police brutality.
Together, we will defeat Trump.
Together, we will fight for a government based on justice and compassion, not greed and lies.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) June 6, 2020
There are plenty more examples of the double standard.
Fox News reports New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser all have criticized people protesting against lockdown orders while remaining silent or supporting “Black Lives Matter” protests.
From the report:
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had previously lashed out at protesters calling to reopen the state, saying at a news conference, “you have no right to jeopardize my health … and my children’s health and your children’s health.” Cuomo’s directives have been enforced throughout the state: A New York City tanning salon owner told Fox News he was fined $1,000 for reopening, calling the situation “insane” and saying he already was “broke.”
Days later, though, Cuomo said he “stands” with those defying stay-at-home orders: “Nobody is sanctioning the arson, and the thuggery and the burglaries, but the protesters and the anger and the fear and the frustration? Yes. Yes, and the demand is for justice.”
In April, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Jewish community that “the time for warnings has passed” after he said a funeral gathering had violated social distancing guidelines. In May, the mayor asserted, “We have always honored non-violent protests.”
And, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti threatened in March to cut power and water for businesses that reopened, saying he wanted to punish “irresponsible and selfish” behavior. In recent days, he has encouraged mass gatherings, even as he condemned violence.
“I will always protect Angelenos’ right to make their voices heard — and we can lead the movement against racism without fear of violence or vandalism,” he said.
The mayor of Washington D.C., Muriel Bowser, vowed $5,000 fines or 90 days in jail for anyone violating stay-at-home orders. After Floyd’s death, though, Bowser defended the protests.
— Joe Bruno (@JoeBrunoWSOC9) June 12, 2020