Capitol Hill lawmakers who traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for Rep. John Lewis’ funeral last week were, upon their return, exempted from the strict quarantine restrictions D.C. Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser had put in place a few days earlier. Bowser’s quarantine directive stated: “All residents and persons traveling to or from ‘high-risk areas’ within the prior fourteen (14) days for non-essential travel must self-quarantine for fourteen (14) days following their return or arrival to the District.” The state of Georgia, where the Lewis funeral took place, had been identified by the Mayor’s office as one of those “high-risk areas.” Among the reported attendees exempted from the D.C. mandate are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC). Former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton were also present at the funeral service. To people from D.C. and across the nation who have been prevented from attending or holding funerals for their loved ones because of coronavirus restrictions, or who have been unable to be at the bedside of a loved one who is dying, the move by the D.C. Mayor reveals yet another double standard for liberals amid the ongoing, often onerous coronavirus measures.
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