Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” on Monday called out Muriel Bowser, the mayor of Washington, D.C., for exempting those who attended at last week’s funeral for Rep. John Lewis in Atlanta from her city’s mandatory 14-day quarantine for those who visited “high-risk” states.
Sexton’s tweet questioning whether the dozens of lawmakers--including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi—would have to follow the city’s coronavirus-induced order, or if those orders are just for the little guy.
Georgia is considered to be a high-risk state, but a spokeswoman from Bowser’s office told JustTheNews.com that the big-shots in attendance need not worry about the guidelines because “government activity is essential, and the Capitol of the United States is exempt from the Mayor’s Order.”
The website apparently wanted to make clear that a funeral is considered “government activity,” and Susana Castillo, the press secretary, responded, “Yes.”
Sexton said he believes his tweet about that hypocrisy put the spotlight on the issue and asked, “Why do we have a two-week quarantine in D.C. for anyone who comes from certain states, but it doesn’t apply to all the not-socially distanced mourners at John Lewis’ fourth funeral ceremony. Really? It’s all political. Rules are for the little people.”
He continued, “They don’t care how much they have to lie. They don’t care how they’re distorting and destroying principles on a regular basis. It is useful in the moment. Hypocrisy is powerful if you embrace it. And that’s what they’ve done.”
Travelers in the Washington, D.C., are expected to adhere to the city’s rules in an attempt to “mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the District and protect the health, safety, and welfare of District residents, and will help return us to a downward trajectory of new cases,” according to a post from the city. An NBC Washington report said those who disobey the city’s order could face a $5,000 fine and up to three months in jail.
Sexton pointed out earlier that many Americans who’ve lost loved ones during the coronavirus outbreak were told by state governments that funerals were a major threat for disease transmission. JustTheNews reported that in New York State, for example, those who attend a funeral were expected to stay 6 feet apart from one another and no hugs, kisses or hand-holding were allowed.
The report said that Gov. Jay Inslee, the Washington state Democrat, went so far as to ban them outright for a brief time.