It’s no surprise that Donald Trump considers himself above the law, having told supporters that the Constitution says that he, as president, “can do whatever I want.” In the midst of the second and much more deadly wave of COVID-19 in full swing, a president breaking the rules to protect the American people seems particularly beyond the pale. In Florida, one lawmaker is taking a stand against Trump’s golf resort over videos of partygoers on New Year’s Eve were filmed massless, which violates Palm Beach County’s mask mandate.
.@DWUhlfelderLaw, I just sent the attached email to our Assistant County Administrator. We can't have a mandate that we enforce on all business owners except for the President. Fairness dictates that we treat the President and his business just as we would treat anyone else. pic.twitter.com/CTQkwYZKE2
— Rep. Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) January 2, 2021
Video of the New Year’s Eve party, which Trump himself decided not to attend at the last moment, featured 90s one-hit wonder Vanilla Ice on stage while partygoers like Donald, Jr. and Eric Trump, their respective others, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Trump’s TV lawyer, Rudy Giuliani. All of them danced and celebrated the New Year without the required masks to protect against COVID-19. So far, more than 21,000 Floridians have died of the virus.
State Rep. Omari Hardy (D-FL) is calling for Mar-a-Lago to face the same consequences any other business would for doing the same. According to a local CBS affiliate:
‘Hardy references a video of dozens of maskless partygoers and entertainers ringing in the New Year at President Trump’s resort. He says the President shouldn’t be given special treatment and that the club needs to adhere to the county’s mask mandate.
‘“I recognize that the President is a powerful person and that his business, Mar-a-Lago, is a daunting target for enforcement, but the law is the law. The County’s mask mandate applies to all businesses in Palm Beach County. The presidency does not confer to the President and his friends a special privilege to endanger the health and welfare of Palm Beach County’s residents,” Hardy continued to say.’
Twitter agreed whole-heartedly that the business should not be given special treatment because of who its owner is. Read some of their comments below: