On March 8th, just two weeks ago, and well into the COVID-19 outbreak, the president of the United States threw a disco party at his Trump National Golf Club in California. Now, is is being reported that multiple people who attended that party have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to LA Times.
Trump has been accused of being irresponsible since way back in January when he halted efforts to prepare for the imminent outbreak because infected Americans was a bad optic for his 2020 campaign.
LA Times reports:
On a Sunday evening two weeks and an eternity ago, Susan Brooks rang in her seventh decade, disco style, in the upstairs ballroom at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.
There were local politicos, hors d’oeuvres, dancing and a lingering, if not overriding, worry of the novel coronavirus, which on March 8 had yet to paralyze daily life in Southern California.
Now, however, life for Californians has been paralyzed, including the people stupid enough to mingle at a disco party, of all things. The report continues:
There was also, it turns out, the virus itself. Brooks learned a week later a party-goer had tested positive for COVID-19, the infection caused by the coronavirus. She soon tested positive herself, along with three other guests.
The party, which was first reported by the South Bay-based Easy Reader News, has sparked a minor firestorm in Rancho Palos Verdes, where Brooks is a fixture in local politics and was once the city’s mayor.
Trump has not mentioned these guests, and we’re willing to bet that he never does, and honestly, if they are Trump supporters this far into the abyss, they deserve everything they have coming to them.
The Times continued:
Two days before the party, Susan Brooks had asked her friend, Janice Hahn, the Los Angeles County supervisor, if she should cancel it. No, Hahn told her — but do send “a very strong email” warning guests to stay home if they feel sick.
Brooks emailed her guests: To anyone with a cough, fever, runny nose or other flu-like symptoms, “please stay home and rest,” she wrote. “This is especially important considering our age group. We love you and will miss you, and will celebrate together soon.”
The evening of March 8, Brooks rang in her 70th birthday with a 1970’s-themed party at the Trump National Golf Club, a course perched on bluffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Hahn recalls being flabbergasted when she showed up to the party, and party-goers were acting as if it was business as usual, being completely irresponsible, doing things like passing around a mic for people to speak into.
While these people were a bit up there in age, it is still not excuse to behave irresponsibly, and now, many people there that night are paying the cost. As the report claims, a short time after the party, a message was sent out to everyone who attended warning them that someone from the party that night had tested positive for COVID-19.
John Cruikshank and Eric Alegria, Rancho Palos Verdes’ mayor and mayor pro tem, respectively, attended the party. Cruikshank tested positive for COVID-19, according to a city news release. A city spokeswoman said he was resting and unavailable to answer questions about the party or how he had secured a test. Alegria showed no symptoms and was not tested, although he has “chosen to self-quarantine,” the news release said. He declined an interview request, writing in an email he was “tied up in meetings.”
Hahn said she was not tested because she showed no symptoms. On the advice of Gov. Gavin Newsom, she went into self-quarantine on March 16.
Brooks’ excuse wasn’t exactly up to par, either, she claimed: “It’s not that we didn’t think this was serious. We just know much more now than we did then.” But we did know then that a deadly virus was not only in the United States at that time, but was in the state of California already.