The #TrumpRat and its activist friends forced a Republican COVID-19 super-spreader event scheduled for tonight out of New York City! Unfortunately for Jersey City, the New York Young Republican Club found a restaurant there — Maritime Parc — that was irresponsible enough to host a pandemic gala. Sorry, New Jersey!
Source just sent me this invite from the event which names the venue: Maritime Parc in Jersey City.
— Nick Garber (@nick_garber) December 4, 2020
Originally, the New York Young Republican Club was going to hold its annual fundraiser — featuring Sarah Palin as the keynote speaker and James O’Keefe of the far-right disinformation outlet Project Veritas as a guest speaker — at the Caldwell Factory on W. 26th Street in Manhattan. But last week, the activists of Rise and Resist masked up and accompanied #TrumpRat to the Caldwell Factory location for a Thanksgiving photo op.
Right-winger Gavin Wax, the president of the New York Young Republican Club, took to Twitter to call us names, as the Daily Beast reported.
Unfortunately for Wax, the activism wasn’t limited to a #TrumpRat appearance. There is always more going on behind the scenes. In this case, the “impotent yogurt” — aka members of Rise and Resist, Outlive Them NYC, and United Against Racism and Fascism NYC — contacted New York City elected officials about the event, which was clearly going to violate city health guidelines. Suddenly, Sarah Palin bailed (replaced by Florida Congressperson Matt Gaetz) and the gala went underground — even the Eventbrite invitation was password protected.
Nobody is intimidated by your losers. https://t.co/P5YYel9wJM
— New York Young Republican Club (@NYYRC) November 30, 2020
Hmmm. The Young Republicans say they’re not intimidated by “your losers” but they sure are intimidated by paper masks! At this point, it should be no surprise that the GOP — which wants to force women to carry unwanted or unviable pregnancies to term — believes mandated masks are an unbearable infringement of personal liberty. The problem is that flouting public-health measures put in place to prevent coronavirus transmission isn’t merely a personal choice. As the old saying goes, “Your right to swing your arms ends just where the other man’s nose begins.” This reality was vividly illustrated by the deadly outcome of a summer wedding in Maine. On August 7, the 62 wedding guests had their temperatures checked, but few wore masks or practiced social distancing. By November 12, 178 cases of COVID-19 had been traced to the wedding. Seven people died — and none of them had attended the event.
I sincerely hope that no innocent people suffer as a result of tonight’s event, but considering the record level of COVID-19 infections and deaths, that would be miraculous. New Jersey residents who want to contact their state officials about this can text the word RESIST to 50409 and use Resistbot to send an email to their politicians in about two minutes. You should contact tracing for attendees and staff. You can also complain to the restaurant, Maritime Parc, by calling 201-413-0050.