A columnist says footage of the thousands of people gathering in places like New York City to celebrate what they consider to be Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election shows a double standard.
Karol Markowicz, a columnist at the New York Post, thinks it is unfair to people being told they cannot gather in large numbers.
"I don't begrudge anybody their partying," writes Markowicz. "I think if you're happy about something, you can go dance in the street and drink champagne in the park, but the fact remains that New York is still on a lockdown. So much about our city remains unopened, and so much is not allowed."
So if any group is going to gather in large numbers, then Markowicz thinks "everybody should be allowed to celebrate all the things that they would like to celebrate."
"It shouldn't be limited to just what the progressives find okay," she asserts.
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-New York) has been outspoken about the need for people to wear masks, practice social distancing, and limit gatherings. The same could be said for Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-New York City). But neither the governor nor the mayor has been critical of the gathering celebrating Biden.
"The mayor actually joined in the celebrations," notes Markowicz. "They haven't said a word. Joe Biden is on their team. The people in the streets are their people, so it's okay."
Currently, New York City cannot host concerts, comedy clubs remain closed, and people cannot have funerals, weddings, or any sort of event that brings more than 50 people together.
"I have a very small family, but 50 people I would hit very quickly with even just a little bit of the extended family," Markowicz shares.
In response to Markowicz's criticism, people have been quick to point out that those gathering for Biden were wearing masks and were outdoors.
"I agree we should be able to have events," responds Markowicz. "We should be able to have any kind of gathering we want -- outside, in masks -- but we can't.
Markowicz goes on to note the situation involving Fox News Meteorologist Janice Dean.
"Janice lost both of her in-laws because of Cuomo's direction to make New York nursing homes take in COVID patients in March, April, [and] May," the columnist relays. "She can't have a funeral for her in-laws, and she says, 'I would wear a hazmat suit outside if I could have a funeral,' but she doesn't have that option. She can't do it, no matter what kind of guidelines she follows."
That, Markowicz reiterates, is "really, really, deeply unfair," and it is reaching the point where people are beginning to notice that "some people have to follow the rules, and some people just don't."
In image above, demonstrators march through the streets of New York City on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, after many media outlets proclaimed former Vice President Joe Biden had won the presidential election.