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Pavlich: Democrat's coronavirus class war

Pavlich: Democrat's coronavirus class war
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California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin NewsomThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - J&J A-OK, Tanden in Trouble California law will send 0 direct payments to low-income residents Democrats look to improve outreach to Asian and Latino communities MORE sent residents of his state into another lockdown this week, arguing that issuing a stay-at-home order just one more time will get the spread of coronavirus under control.

“If there was ever any time to put aside your doubt, to put aside your skepticism, to put aside your cynicism to put aside your ideology, to put aside any consideration except this: Lives are in the balance. Lives will be lost unless we do more than we’ve ever done,” Newsom said.

The new order comes just three weeks after Newsom was caught dining at one of America’s most expensive and exclusive restaurants in wine country. First Newsom said the dinner, which featured nearly a dozen people, was held outdoors. He also said it was simply a dinner for a “friend.”

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It turns out, the dinner was held indoors. None of the participants were wearing masks and the event was a birthday party for lobbyist Jason Kinney. Adding insult to injury, other lobbyists at the table were from the health care industry, many of them “top brass doctors” in the state.

But being caught in the act of overwhelming hypocrisy with no punishment or real accountability, Newsom moved to hurt business owners and their workers. He did so in the name of “science” and public health, without providing data to prove the establishments he has targeted are responsible for the spread of disease. Democrat mayors like Los Angeles’ Eric GarcettiEric GarcettiLos Angeles stadium vaccine site to close over massive shortages Los Angeles vaccination site temporarily shut down by protesters LA mayor receives first dose of coronavirus vaccine after spending days at super site MORE have been more than happy to enforce Newsom’s decrees and have issued little sympathy to those being crushed by hypocrites.

One of those people is Angela Marsden, the owner of Pineapple Hill Saloon and Grill. After spending thousands of dollars to comply with California’s health regulations, she was forced to close her outdoor dining space. During a trip to her business this week, she noticed a movie company set up a 200-person dining tent in her parking lot, right across from her outdoor patio where she is currently banned from serving customers. The movie company, which is part of an industry dominated by Democrat Party donors, was given an exception. She, and her lower-to-middle class workers, were not.

“I have 10 people working for me who I had to tell have no jobs, right before Christmas with no notice,” Marsden said. “You’re living in La-la Land if you think the rest of us, the middle class and the lower-middle class, can actually stay at home ... I have a single mom with a child who can’t pay her rent. I’ve got a new hire because we actually got busy in October with the patio and it looked like things were going to turn around, who is couch surfing because she no longer has an apartment and her unemployment has run out. It is ridiculous.”

On the East Coast, bar owners on Staten Island are trying to feed their families and keep their people employed through increasingly restrictive and arbitrary coronavirus regulations. Business owners risk being arrested for “trespassing” in their own establishments. But in Manhattan, the folks over at “Saturday Night Live” have been given an exception to film their show with a live audience. Its stars are taking the opportunity to further humiliate those who are suffering.

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“I saw the protests, people were outside the bar shouting about freedom, talking to cops, chanting that they should arrest the governor so I just assumed that it was a typical last call,” SNL comedian Pete Davidson said, referring to bar owners and their workers as babies. “The argument that people in Staten Island don’t want to drink outside can be disproven by going to literally any Little League game.”

Once again, rich elites are getting political exceptions to earn a living while ordinary people are forced to suffer.

Back in Washington, D.C., House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMinimum wage setback revives progressive calls to nix Senate filibuster House Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow MORE (D-Calif.), who is one of the richest members of Congress worth more than $100 million, admitted this week that she held up months of coronavirus relief on Capitol Hill in order to hurt President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE politically. Self described socialist Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersHouse Democrats to keep minimum wage hike in COVID-19 relief bill for Friday vote Sanders slams parliamentarian decision on minimum wage Parliamentarian nixes minimum wage hike in coronavirus bill MORE (I-Vt.) admitted he did the same.

“It was a decision, and it has taken us to a place where we can do the right thing without other, shall we say, considerations in the legislation that we don’t want,” Pelosi said about rejecting previous relief bills totaling $2 trillion.

While small businesses are being driven into bankruptcy, destroying the dreams and livelihoods of countless Americans along the way, big box stores and well connected corporations have become richer than ever. For months, Democrat politicians have been engaged in a petty, tyrannical elitism not backed by science. They’ve given exceptions to coronavirus rules to themselves, their rich lobbyist friends and to politically connected companies. Democrat leadership has used this crisis to wage a class war with no end in sight.

Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.