The Mayor of Los Angeles has condemned the 4th of July gatherings but did not condemn those gathering to protest.
According to The Daily Wire:
On the same day that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti (D) posted a series of warnings to residents about maintaining mandated social distancing measures, including wearing face masks and avoiding gatherings with “anybody except for those you live with,” the Los Angeles Police Department posted a photograph of thousands gathered in the city for a social justice protest.
On Wednesday, Garcetti, whose profile photo on Twitter is now a picture of him wearing a black face mask, posted a series of reminders and warnings ahead of the July Fourth weekend.
“COVID-19 has taken control, and we need to take control back. That’s what we did in March, April and May, when we sacrificed, stayed safer at home and saved lives — we need that same commitment to flatten the curve now,” the Democratic mayor wrote in one of several COVID-19 themed posts (below). “We were the first major city to require face coverings, and we must continue to wear them,” he added in another tweet. “Gathering with anybody except for those you live with may spread this virus. And that’s why more businesses and places where people gather indoors are closing or must operate differently.”
“This 4th of July weekend, please wear face coverings and avoid gatherings,” he wrote in a post pinned to the top of his page. “This is a critical time in our fight against COVID-19. Beaches, piers, and beach bike paths in the City and County of L.A. will be closed from Friday, July 3 to Monday, July 6.”
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: There is a protest in the area of Temple and Spring Street in Downtown LA. Please avoid the area, if possible, as there are street closures and heavier traffic than usual. https://t.co/8WPyfCPmHJ
— LAPD HQ (@LAPDHQ) July 2, 2020
This also followed a supposed spike in cases where Democrat leaders are more apt to blame on bars than protests.