Republicans in red states refusing to wear masks everywhere are to blame for the omicron outbreaks and canceled vacations, thundered Rep. Eric Swalwell, California Democrat.
But not in his case.
Mr. Swalwell was photographed Tuesday vacationing in mandate-resistant Florida without a mask.
Another person in the lobby told the Daily Mail that a guest saw the group, he sarcastically told the California Democrat, “nice to see you in Miami.”
The Swalwell vacation came a week after Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat and a progressive hero, was photographed maskless while in Miami Beach. Ms. Ocasio-Cortez blamed the furor on Republicans being jealous they can’t date her.
But unlike Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Mr. Swalwell has been extremely blunt in blaming the pandemic and the resulting lockdowns on Republicans.
For example, on New Year’s Eve, in response to a Republican Party tweet about the effectiveness of booster shots.
“As we end 2021, mired in a deadly pandemic, you should know who has prolonged it. THESE GUYS. Republican liars. Your vacation cancelled. Your kids back to virtual learning. And back to masks everywhere. For blame look no farther than #theseguys,” he wrote.
“He loves Florida and has dozens of family members there. It is lies from unvaccinated Republicans that are prolonging the pandemic,” the statement said.
In between the Ocasio-Cortez flap and the latest about Mr. Swalwell, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, chuckled about “lockdown politicians.”
“If I had a dollar for every lockdown politician that decided to escape to Florida over the last two years, I’d be a pretty doggone wealthy man,” said Mr. DeSantis, who has been accused of murder by some liberals over the state’s lax COVID rules.
“I think a lot of Floridians will say “wait a minute, you’re bashing us because we’re not doing your draconian policies and yet we’re the first place you want to flee to…to be able to enjoy life,’” he said at a Monday press conference.