Pelosi scraps in-person dinner with new Democrat members of Congress after photo sparks backlash during COVID

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Pelosi scraps in-person dinner with new Democrat members of Congress after photo sparks backlash during COVID

‘Covid rules are for the little people,’ one critic reacted

By Joseph A. Wulfsohn | Fox News

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The office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announced that its in-person dinner hosting with new Democratic members of Congress has been canceled after a viral tweet showing the tables being set up for the event sparked backlash amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pelosi deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill initially doubled down on how “safe” the event was supposed to be, tweeting, “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.” . . .

. . . The controversy began when NBC News correspondent Leigh Ann Caldwell reported on Friday that Democratic and Republican leaders in the House are holding dinners for new members. She shared an image of several tables being set up in the Capitol.

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“.@SpeakerPelosi told me it’s safe. ‘It’s very spaced,’ she said and there is enhanced ventilation and the Capitol physician signed off,” Caldwell tweeted.

As states across the country continue to evaluate lockdown orders to prevent further spread of the disease, Pelosi’s event and assurance that her dinner will be “safe” sparked heavy criticism on social media.

“Imagine telling families not to hold Thanksgiving (we shouldn’t) and then doing this. Come. On,” New York Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones tweeted. . . .

. . . “Covid rules are for the little people,” radio host Buck Sexton said.

“Cancel your precious dinner, you maniacs. My god,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes demanded.

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“Can a dumb decision be reversed by Twitter dunks alone? We’re about to find out,” Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly pondered.

“This is happening while Americans are told it will be against the law for them to have Thanksgiving with their families. Yet again, the political class is openly & publicly showing it doesn’t think the rules apply to them, thus helping destroy the trust needed to beat this virus,” Washington Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy wrote. . . .

. . . at multiple large events, it’s been Democratic officials who have been slammed for urging others to be cautious but appear to scoff at their own advice. . . .

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