GOP Senate candidate Elisa Martinez: NM Gov’s lockdown creates modern ‘bread lines’, 2-4 hour wait outside supermarkets

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NEW MEXICO – The state of New Mexico, under the leadership of Democratic Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, has seen a recently implemented emergency public health order related to essential and non-essential business with a spin quite unlike seen elsewhere in the country

According to what’s been dubbed as the “reset”, even certain businesses that are deemed to be essential – i.e. Wal-Mart and the ilk – are having to operate at significantly reduced capacities according to the health order: 

“Essential businesses identified as “retail spaces” may not exceed either 25 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by the relevant fire marshal or more than 75 customers in the business space at any given time, whichever is lesser.”

The order in question was implemented on November 13th and is said to remain in effect until November 30th, which was administered in response to an uptick in COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations. 

It’s unclear if the order will be further extended, but with infection rates within the state not exactly falling below transmission rates prior to the November 13th public health order, it wouldn’t be surprising to hear that an extension would be enacted. 

During a recent appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, former U.S. Senate candidate Elisa Martinez alleged that this public health order was creating de facto bread lines, with people waiting outside businesses for hours in line waiting to get things like groceries or medicine: 

“So now we’re experiencing 2-4 hour lines outside in the cold – some areas of the state it’s snowing, raining.”

“I had an elderly woman contact me. She was waiting in line for two hours to get their meds – to get their, you know, essential medicine. So it’s making a public health emergency worse in my opinion for the people of New Mexico, especially leading up to Thanksgiving.”

Video footage was captured on November 16th by local ABC7 reporter Kate Bieri outside of a Wal-Mart in New Mexico that showed there was a line waiting to get inside on a Monday morning. 

In response to the accusations of modern-day bread lines being created by way of the public health order, Governor Grisham’s office issued a statement that alleged that said framing was hyperbolic and disingenuous. 

The statement from the governor’s office noted that “the state is not forcing anyone to stand in a crowded line,” and that pictures showcasing long lines outside of stores is nothing more than a “Republican talking point.”

But from what former GOP Senate candidate Martinez says of the imposed restrictions on businesses, allegedly Hollywood productions within New Mexico seem to be hardly affected in all this: 

“We have video of an actual production crew at work here in the state that took place after the lockdown orders. And my understanding is that there’s a special agreement that the film industry gets to operate outside of the public health order based on their own agreement with unions.”

“It’s really a slap in the face to the people of New Mexico who are truly struggling, who are waiting outside in these lines.”

It is worth noting that within the public health order enacted, there’s no mentioning specifically of “film” or “television” productions being among those businesses listed as essential. 

However, “media services” is among those deemed as essential, but nowhere in the order is there a specifically outline of how “media services” are defined within the order.

While it could be news-crew related, “media” is a very broad term. 

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In the days leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday over in Oregon, the state governor was urging citizens to call the authorities on their neighbors if they dared to defy home gatherings that violated pandemic mandates. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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OREGON – Oregon Governor Kate Brown mentioned during a recent interview with a local news outlet that she believes people should call the police on their neighbors if they witness them violating pandemic restrictions. 

Namely, being days away from the Thanksgiving holiday, this includes people hosting more than six people in their own homes. 

Governor Brown likened people calling the police on their neighbors for pandemic restriction  violations on exceeding home-occupancy mandates as something akin to calling the authorities on a late-night house party that gets too loud: 

“This is no different than what happens if there’s a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake. What do neighbors do? They call law enforcement because it’s too noisy. This is just like that. It’s like a violation of a noise ordinance.”

What’s been coined as the “freeze” in response to the pandemic can actually levy far worse repercussions on violators than a run-of-the-mill “violation of a noise ordinance” in Oregon. 

 For instance, in Portland, general noise code violations can be assessed a fine of up to $5,000. However, according to residential instances, a first offense is usually only a $150. 

Whereas with violations of the “freeze” order – such as home gatherings exceeding six occupants – people can be fined up to $1,250 and be placed in jail for up to 30 days. 

In a statement recently released by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, even they noted that enforcing these types of mandates is both impractical and “counterproductive”: 

“We recognize that we cannot arrest or enforce our way out of the pandemic, and we believe both are counterproductive to public health goals.”

Clackamas County Chair-elect Tootie Smith was also critical of the “freeze” order, likening the mandates to reducing residents in Oregon to that of “second-rate slaves” trapped inside of their homes. 

In response to the criticism from locals and elected officials within Oregon, Governor Brown referred to them as being “irresponsible” and likening the vocally opposed to clout chasers: 

“Look, all of this is irresponsible. These are politicians seeking headlines, not public servants, trying to save lives. My top priority as governor is to keep Oregonians healthy and safe. That’s where I’m focused.”

These recently implemented restrictions will run statewide in Oregon for two weeks; whereas in Multnomah County, residents will be tasked with abiding by them for a four-week period. 

Outside of the in-home occupancy being restricted to no-more than six people, residents in Oregon are also barred from dining out and going to the gym. 

Poising her stance on the mandates in a manner of ‘it’s for your own good’ fashion, Governor Brown says possible ramifications for violating the “freeze” order is all about “saving lives”: 

“This is about saving lives and it’s about protecting our fellow Oregonians. We have too many sporadic cases in Oregon. We can’t trace these cases to a particular source. We have to limit gatherings and social interactions.”

On November 19th, Oregon was said to have reached a record-setting number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day, citing 1,306 new cases and four deaths

The increase in cases continued to trend upward in the state, with reported new and presumptive cases on November 21st coming to 1,509 and seven reported deaths. 

Details on the seven recently reported deaths from COVID in Oregon show that each person who passed were aged between 75 and 86 years old and six had “underlying conditions”. 

For the sake of perspective on those age ranges of the recently deceased, the average life expectancy in the United States is 78.93 years. 

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