- White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Joe Biden for not commenting on the “superspreader” celebrations in front of the White House on Saturday.
- “Where is JoeBiden calling on the massive Super Spreader events held in his name to end?” McEnany tweeted as pictures emerged of people celebrating Biden’s win across the country
- McEnany’s tweet came as celebrations erupted across the country after Joe Biden beat President Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
- A large majority of the Biden supporters did not appear to be social distancing during their celebrations although most wore face coverings.
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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany criticized Joe Biden for not commenting on the spontaneous “superspreader” event in Washington DC on Saturday after he clinched election victory.
“Where is @JoeBiden calling on the massive super spreader events held in his name to end?” McEnany tweeted on Saturday, alongside a video of thousands of Biden supporters gathering in front of the White House in jubilation.
Many of the Biden supporters did not appear to be social distancing during their celebrations, although most wore face coverings, footage of the White House on Saturday showed.
According to official guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people are advised to wear face coverings and try to stay six feet or farther apart from others.
—Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 7, 2020
As the news broke, thousands of people rushed onto the streets in cities, including New York City, Los Angeles, and Washington DC to celebrate Biden’s victory.
Videos posted on social media show New York City erupting into joyous cheers and car honks after the news broke.
—David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 7, 2020
Meanwhile, in Philadelphia — the city which helped tip Biden to victory — people were dancing on the streets as marching bands came out to play.
Jubilant Americans also gathered in front of the White House to rejoice in Biden’s victory, popping bottles of champagne, banging on pots and pans, singing, and waving flags.
—Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) November 7, 2020
McEnany wasn’t the only person to voice her complaints about potential superspreader events this weekend.
Daniel Grade, a Republican nominee who lost in the Senate race to represent Virginia, tweeted: “Remember that one time @Virginia Democrats chastised me for ‘super spreader events’? We remember.”
Dana Lynn Loesch, the former spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, also voiced her complaint, tweeting: “The pandemic is over! Media has stopped calling gatherings “superspreader events!”
—Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 7, 2020
During the 2020 campaign, President Trump has held large in-person rallies and campaign events with few coronavirus precautions.
According to a recent study by Stanford University economists, Trump’s campaign rallies were linked to 30,000 coronavirus cases and “likely led to more than 700 deaths.”
Meanwhile, Biden chose to take a different route, sticking mainly to drive-in rallies or invite-only gatherings with small groups of people who were socially distancing and wearing face coverings at all times.
The COVID-19 pandemic is still very much present, as the US nears its 10 million case mark, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University.
More than 237,000 people have died from the virus in the country, the tracker shows.