KEY POINTS

  • Will the Louisville mayor act on coronavirus party?
  • Elected officials do not want to see crowds
  • Even the young and dumb urged to protect against COVID-19

If Republicans feel a need to replace President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket during the GOP convention scheduled for late August in Charlotte, NC, they may have found their man. Walton Mayor Gabe Brown became a social media star last week after calling out residents of Louisville for acting stupidly.

While Brown exercises even less tact than the president, many seem to appreciate it. 

The incident happened two weeks ago when a large group of people gathered around 13th Street and West Broadway, in Louisville, to watch street racing. Videos showed the crowds clumped together. One person was later confirmed to have coronavirus.

Gov. Andy Beshear prohibited "all mass gatherings" in a March 19 executive order. He also mentioned the incident in a daily press conference.

He said in a post on Facebook he was accused of fear-mongering after he wrote about a confirmed case in Northern Kentucky. Brown responded with a foul-language filled rant on a neighborhood group page that went viral.

 

In another post, he offered to act as “anger translator” for Beshear, who was ticked off over reports of people defying the state’s guidelines to hold “coronavirus parties.”



Hundreds again gathered this weekend. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said hundreds of people gathered again this weekend at the same localtion and it looked like they were "reveling in the fact that, 'We're together and we're not going to listen to the establishment; our lives are going to go on here, and we're not going to be told how to live.'"

Since then several mayors have more tactfully expressed similar views.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio wants neighbors to spy on each other.

During an interview on the Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC, the mayor encouraged people to call 311 if they experience groups of people not adhering to social distancing standards – for example, if they see people congregating in parks, if a grocery store is too full, or if there is a line outside of a pharmacy where people are crowded together.

He will then penalize those who get too close.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh wants to outlaw the playing of sports like soccer, street hockey, basketball and tennis in city parks. He already ordered zip ties on basketball hoops.

"People are still gathering in groups and playing sports in our parks," Walsh said at a press conference on Sunday. "This is not social distancing. Gathering in a parking lot, sitting in a circle and having conversations is not social distancing... quite honestly you're putting other people at risk by doing this."