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McEnany slams Gov. Cuomo on religious gatherings, other high-profile Dems for violating COVID-19 guidelines

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White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday slammed Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) regarding his restrictions on the size of religious gatherings recently being struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, as well as numerous high-profile Democrats for violating COVID-19 guidelines.

McEnany, at the start of Wednesday afternoon’s White House press briefing, walked up to the podium and immediately opened with a scathing attack on multiple high-ranking Democrats for disobeying COVID-19 restrictions.

“The United States Constitution matters even during a pandemic,” she said.

Both screens flanking her in the background then, on a dime, displayed a picture of Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.) maskless at a sizable indoor dinner party, which violated the COVID-19 restrictions he had implemented in his state. The California governor got in hot water over this incident last month and had to publicly apologize for it, saying that attending the party was a “bad mistake.”

Images and videos of other Democrats violating guidelines then began to play on the screens on a loop as McEnany went on speaking.

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“While Democrat politicians seek to impose draconian restrictions against their citizens,” McEnany said, adding, “this past week the Supreme Court of the United States had their say on New York State’s capacity restrictions, which restricted the number of attendees allowed in places of worship but not other government-deemed essential businesses.”

Over the past few months, COVID-19 cases have been surging across the country, recently pushing the total number of deaths in the United States past 270,000 and the amount of virus cases beyond 13 million, according to Johns Hopkins University.

In particular, New York City and other parts of the state have been seeing a dramatic rise in the number of cases, which spurred Cuomo back in October to begin implementing tougher restrictions in certain “red zones” on schools and religious gatherings among other measures. Many of these red zones in Queens and Brooklyn were areas home to large Orthodox Jewish communities, and many of them responded to these restrictions with protests.

McEnany then praised the Supreme Court’s 5-to-4 decision to reject Cuomo’s restrictions and quoted a portion of what Justice Neil Gorsuch said in the ruling: “It is time—past time—to make plain that, while the pandemic poses many grave challenges, there is no world in which the Constitution tolerates color-coded executive edicts that reopen liquor stores and bike shops but shutter churches, synagogues, and mosques.”

Following this, McEnany turned her attention to the screens behind her and said, “Behind me you will see displayed images of Democrat hypocrisy playing on loop.”

She then listed the publicized incidents on the screens, some of which included the aforementioned Newsom incident, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot celebrating President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on a crowded street the weekend after Election Day, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at an indoor appointment at a California hair salon back in late August when the state only allowed outdoor appointments.

“Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts,” McEnany said after listing the incidents on the screens. “They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting.”

Then shifting back to the Supreme Court’s ruling, McEnany criticized Cuomo’s response to it, saying, “Gov. Cuomo’s decision to impose restrictions on the size of religious gatherings was rebuked by the highest court in the land. But what was Cuomo’s response? Instead of showing deference to the Constitution, he attacked the legitimacy of the court.”

“Gov. Cuomo said this: ‘You have a different court and I think that was the statement that the court was making. We know who he appointed to the court, we know their ideology,'” she said.

“Well, in fact, the ideology of those on the Supreme Court who made the decision to support the First Amendment are in favor of freedom [and] the Constitution that survives even during a pandemic,” she said in response to Cuomo’s statement.

Furthermore, McEnany went on to tie this statement and the incidents displayed on the screens together to claim that Democrats are hypocrites who primarily seek control when it comes to COVID-19 restrictions.

“This statement from Gov. Cuomo strikes at the heart of the issue: Democrats seek control,” she said. “These images behind me make clear Democrats’ mindset: rules for thee but not for me.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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BREAKING: Senate votes down both articles of impeachment against Mayorkas in party-line vote

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The Senate voted down two articles of impeachment Wednesday which alleged Department of Homeland Security Secretary  Alejandro Mayorkas engaged in the “willful and systemic refusal to comply with the law” regarding the southern border in his capacity as DHS secretary. The second claimed Mayorkas had breached public trust.

What resulted in a party-line vote, began with Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., proposing a point of order declaring the first article unconstitutional, to which the majority of senators agreed following several failed motions by Republicans. The article was deemed unconstitutional by a vote of 51-48, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, voting present.

Fox News reports:

Schumer’s point of order was proposed after his request for unanimous consent, which would have provided a set amount of time for debate among the senators, as well as votes on two GOP resolutions and a set amount of agreed upon points of order, was objected to by Sen. Eric Schmitt, R-Mo.

Schmitt stated in his objection that the Senate should conduct a full trial into the impeachment articles against Mayorkas, rather than the debate and points of order suggested by Schumer’s unanimous consent request, which would be followed by a likely successful motion to dismiss the articles. 

Republican senators took issue with Schumer’s point of order, as agreeing to it would effectively kill the first of the two articles. Several GOP lawmakers proposed motions, which took precedence over the point of order, to adjourn or table the point, among other things. But all GOP motions failed. 

After another batch of motions to avoid voting on Schumer’s second point of order, which would deem the second article unconstitutional, the Senate agreed to it. The vote was along party lines 51-49, with Murkowski rejoining the Republicans. 

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