Florida state legislator wants Mar-a-Lago fined, closed after ‘potential super-spreader party’ | TheHill – The Hill

Florida state Rep. Omari Hardy (D) called for shuttering Mar-a-Lago after videos of a New Year’s Eve party at President TrumpDonald TrumpCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers’ ‘scheme’ to overturn election results ‘makes a mockery of our system’ MORE‘s private club appeared to show dozens of attendees celebrating without masks.

“My constituents are not snowbirds like @DonaldJTrumpJr & @kimguilfoyle. My constituents live here,” Hardy wrote in a Twitter post Saturday. “This is their home, and they’re going to have to deal w/ the consequences of a potential super-spreader party at Mar-a-Lago long after Junior & wife leave here on their private jet.”

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Local NBC-affiliate WPTV reported that Hardy sent a letter to Assistant County Administrator Todd Bonlarron asking that the club be fined and shut down for violating a county mask mandate.

In his letter, Hardy said the gathering had the potential to be a “super-spreader event.”

“I recognize that the President is a powerful person and that his business, Mar-a-Lago, is a daunting target for enforcement, but the law is the law,” Hardy wrote.

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“The County’s mask mandate applies to all businesses in Palm Beach County. The presidency does not confer to the President and his friends a special privilege to endanger the health and welfare of Palm Beach County’s residents.” 

Trump was not in attendance at the party, though his two adult sons Eric TrumpEric TrumpGiuliani, Trump Jr. among guests at Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party ditched by Trump: report More voters say pardons for Trump’s family would be inappropriate: poll Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner buying M lot in Florida ‘Billionaire’s Bunker’ MORE and Donald Trump Jr., as well as his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden adviser: Trump recording ‘irrefutable proof’ of Trump’s ‘assault on American democracy’ Trump asked Georgia secretary of state to ‘find’ 11.7k ballots, recalculate election result Giuliani, Trump Jr. among guests at Mar-a-Lago New Year’s party ditched by Trump: report MORE, were there as guests. The president had reportedly planned to be at the club for New Year’s Eve but returned to Washington, D.C., ahead of the Jan. 6 certification of President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenCotton breaks with conservative colleagues who will oppose electoral vote count Trump to give Nunes Medal of Freedom: reports Hogan says lawmakers’ ‘scheme’ to overturn election results ‘makes a mockery of our system’ MORE‘s election victory in Congress.

Florida is one of only three states that has surpassed 1 million coronavirus cases, with almost 22,000 deaths from the disease.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisMinimum wage hike could be Biden’s bipartisan breakthrough Five GOP contenders — other than Trump — for 2024 Seven Senate races to watch in 2022 MORE (R) has maintained a relatively hands-off approach to the pandemic, even as cases surge. Early in December, DeSantis issued an executive order that limited the ability of local governments to impose COVID-19 restrictions and fines.

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