Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy (D) called for shuttering Mar-a-Lago after videos of a New Year's Eve party at President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE's private club appeared to show dozens of attendees celebrating without masks.
“My constituents are not snowbirds like @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle. My constituents live here,” Hardy wrote in a Twitter post Saturday. “This is their home, and they're going to have to deal w/ the consequences of a potential super-spreader party at Mar-a-Lago long after Junior & wife leave here on their private jet.”
My constituents are not snowbirds like @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle. My constituents live here. This is their home, and they're going to have to deal w/ the consequences of a potential super-spreader party at Mar-a-Lago long after Junior & wife leave here on their private jet. pic.twitter.com/kt6SXErYG2— Rep. Omari Hardy (@OmariJHardy) January 2, 2021
Local NBC-affiliate WPTV reported that Hardy sent a letter to Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron asking that the club be fined and shut down for violating a county mask mandate.
In his letter, Hardy said the gathering had the potential to be a “super-spreader event.”
"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,” Hardy wrote.
“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."
.@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 1, 2021
Trump was not in attendance at the party, though his two adult sons Eric TrumpEric TrumpMary Trump calls Donald Trump Jr. her 'stupidest' relative Eric Trump lawyer in New York attorney general's fraud case quits Eric Trump to speak at conference led by prominent anti-vaxxers MORE and Donald Trump Jr., as well as his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGiuliani associate Lev Parnas won't testify at trial Four Seasons Total Landscaping comes full circle with MSNBC special Giuliani picks Abe Lincoln filter for attack against McAuliffe MORE, were there as guests. The president had reportedly planned to be at the club for New Year's Eve but returned to Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6 certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: Democrats' spending plan is 'a bigger darn deal' than Obamacare Biden says he's open to altering, eliminating filibuster to advance voting rights Biden: Comment that DOJ should prosecute those who defy subpoenas 'not appropriate' MORE's election victory in Congress.
Florida is one of only three states that has surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases, with almost 22,000 deaths from the disease.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisOvernight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters GOP senators call on Biden to back down from vaccine mandates DeSantis to call special session of legislature to fight vaccine mandates MORE (R) has maintained a relatively hands-off approach to the pandemic, even as cases surge. Early in December, DeSantis issued an executive order that limited the ability of local governments to impose COVID-19 restrictions and fines.