We’re rapidly reaching a point where it will be easier to count Democratic governors and mayors who haven’t hypocritically violated their own social distancing mandates than those who have. (RELATED: N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy confronted over maskless family dinner at restaurant)
The latest offender is Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo. Not only was Raimondo seen at a wine bar four days after urging Rhode Islanders to stay home except for essential activities. At the time, she was violating quarantine. She had been told to stay isolated after the head of her Department of Health tested positive for COVID-19.
A photo of her was captured at Barnaby’s Public House in Providence last Friday and shared on social media. As if the governor wasn’t already in hot water for her abusive actions, the stuff really hit the fan after social media users who saw the photograph commented that Raimondo wasn’t wearing a mask.
Erica Oliveras, the woman who took the snapshot, leaped to Raimondo’s defense, clarifying that “she only took her mask off whenever she was drinking her wine. That’s the only time she took it off. When she came into the building she had her mask. Whenever the waiters approached her she had a mask on.”
Other commenters were less sympathetic. Susan Goodman, of Providence, tweeted:
Shame on you Gina. She shouldn’t even be at an event like that. You can drink wine at home. I’m an experienced wine drinker Gina, do it at home.