Rep. Jim Jordan: “They tried to cancel Thanksgiving…They’re coming for Christmas next”

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COLUMBUS, OHIO- Ohio Republican Representative, Jim Jordan, shared a prediction November 27th via Twitter, writing that the same pundits that tried to “cancel” Thanksgiving are likely going to be targeting Christmas in their next cancellation effort. 

Taking to Twitter on Black Friday, Rep. Jim Jordan wrote: 

“They tried to cancel Thanksgiving. Didn’t work! They’re coming for Christmas next.”

Obviously, the connotations of “they” and “cancel” have very particular meanings in the context Rep. Jordan is using them in. By “they”, the state representative is, likely, referring to Democratic elected officials. 

By “cancel”, he’s, likely, referring to how Democratic leaders either strongly discouraged or created mandates, of sorts, to inhibit traditional family gatherings during the Thanksgiving holiday. 

Back on November 12th, Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot, was among those creating “stay at home” orders during the holiday season and telling Chicago residents to “cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans”: 

“A Stay-at-Home Advisory for Chicago will go into effect on Monday, November 16th at 6:00am. This advisory calls on all Chicagoans to do the following: – Stay home unless for essential reasons – Stop having guests over—including family members you do not live with – Avoid non-essential travel – Cancel traditional Thanksgiving plans.”

New York Governor, Andrew Cuomo, shared a similar sentiment on November 19th, writing: 

“Love is sometimes doing what’s hard. The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is with your immediate household only.”

Axios business editor, Dan Primack, even shared a sentiment online expressing that he felt “rage” at Americans who dared to have family over during the Thanksgiving holiday: 

“That feeling of rage when you walk by a single family house on thanksgiving with 12 cars lined up outside it. And you know they have kids in the local school.”

Mediaite senior columnist, John Ziegler, responded to said sentiments alleging that Primack’s “rage” was misguided due to not having kept up with the data related to the virus’ spread. 

Primack doubled down, responding that the “science” shows that large gatherings indoors are “problematic”: 

“The science is that large groups of people in small spaces for prolonged periods is problematic. It’s the exact reason public health officials have discouraged these types of gatherings (as did the school district’s health advisor). So…ummm…yeah.”

Ziegler responded once again, noting that studies have shown that children are rarely the vector of transmission to other adults: 

“Except we now know kids generally don’t get sick and don’t spread this, so stop with your fascist virtue-signaling panic porn BS.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, also, has been adding fodder to the concerns over familial gatherings through the Christmas season during a recent interview with USA Today, where he said: 

“If the surge takes a turn of continuing to go up and you have sustained greater than 100,000 infections a day and 1,300 deaths per day and the count keeps going up and up…I don’t see it being any different during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays than during Thanksgiving.”

With his role as the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director, Dr. Fauci said that indoor gatherings during the winter months could be serve as the impetus to further surges in the viral spread:

“Given the cold weather and given the fact that these types of celebrations – as wonderful and beautiful and traditional as they are – are fundamentally indoor things with people who will be singing and laughing and eating and drinking…you’ve just got to be careful”

Dr. Fauci expressed during the interview that he will be among those opting out of a traditional Christmas this year, as he already did with Thanksgiving: 

“For my own family, I’m saying we had a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas last year. We’re looking forward to a really great Thanksgiving and Christmas in 2021.”

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Meanwhile in California, officials in Santa Clara County have reportedly enlisted the fire department to assist with enforcing various pandemic restrictions on businesses. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA – According to officials, firefighters within the Silicon Valley area are going to be tasked with helping enforce business-related mandates for the next few days with regard to a surge in COVID-19 cases in California. 

While typically firefighters gravitate more towards code enforcements pertaining to capacity measures for businesses, they’ll also be aiding general enforcement relating to mandates such as no indoor dining and the ilk. 

Michael Balliet, director of Community and Business Engagement for the County of Santa Clara, stated that business owners have a “moral” obligation to comply with mandates – as well as a “legal” one: 

“Businesses have a legal, ethical, and moral obligation to protect their employees and the public.”

Firefighters will be afforded the discretion to contact local enforcement officials when spotting violations, which will result in immediate fines ranging from $250 to thousands of dollars. 

Balliet stated that with the pandemic levels rising within California, that the era of grace periods are over: 

“We’re now at a point where it is vital that we ensure accountability at every level.”

Meanwhile in L.A. County, therein lies the possibility of stay-at-home orders making a return – albeit, not to the extent they were enforced back in March reportedly. 

Dr. Christina Ghaly, health services director in Los Angeles County noted that 1 out of every 145 people within L.A. is potentially infectious to others – and discouraged Thanksgiving gatherings this year: 

“You have a 15-person gathering at a dinner table, then 1 in 10 of those tables could have … a person that is unknowingly infecting others.”

On November 24th, the state of California collectively saw over 18,000 new cases of COVID-19, which creates concerns that with this uptick, the healthcare system within the state could eventually become overwhelmed. 

Health officials from the state say that an estimated 12% of all positive cases of COVID could find themselves requiring hospital treatment at some point. 

Following the November 24th spike in cases, the state of California enacted an evening curfew the forbids non-essential work and many forms of gatherings throughout most of the state. 

Restaurants have also been barred from any form of indoor/in-person dining in L.A. County for a three-week period.

While these eateries can still provide delivery, takeout and curbside pick-up, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce said these restrictions will still affect roughly 700,000 restaurant employees: 

“These measures will be devastating to families as well as businesses so close to the holidays, and without relief in sight.”

Seeing that indoor dining has been kiboshed for three-weeks, employees who function as servers have been left out to dry, proverbially.

Jaime Taylor, a server at Spago in West Hollywood, is among those concerned about how to earn a living in the meantime: 

“I’m definitely scared…I’m by myself. I live alone. Spago was my main bread and butter. … It means a lot of uncertainty, a lot of questioning, trying to decide what you are going to spend your money on.”

Alexandra Kazarian is among the local attorneys who plan to fight the restrictions on businesses, remarking on plans to bring a legal battle against L.A. County and the Department of Public Health: 

“We are here to take this fight the courts to tell judges: if you are going to enforce arbitrary rules, you need to enforce them to the government before you enforce them on people that are actually trying to comply.”

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