Texas GOP Chairman speaks in League City

Constance Culling, left, introduces Texas Republican Party Chairman Allen West, center, to her mother, Jan Culling, from Manvel, before a Galveston County Make America Great Again, or MAGA, Rally at the the pavilion at Walter Hall Park in League City on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020.

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A crowd of more than 200 people gathered inside the pavilion at Walter Hall Park on Thursday evening to hear Allen West, Texas’ new Republican Party chairman, with few masks in sight.

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Gary Scoggin

It is disappointing that the organizers didn’t feel the need to enforce the Covid-19 guidelines. Hopefully, the GDN will ask Giusti, Trochesset, and other elected officials who attended to goon the record with their perspective on this. For the sheriff, especially, is it acceptable to attend an event where almost all in attendance were breaking the law? What if it were gambling or under age drinking? Does he get to pick and choose? Instead of offering leadership here, he offers nothing.

Carlos Ponce

"gambling or under age drinking" are against statutory laws, Gary Scoggin. Is there a LAW mandating masks?

What PENALTY do you prescribe, Gary Scoggin? You cannot throw them in jail!

"But no law enforcement or other official may detain, arrest, or confine in jail any person for a violation of this executive order or for related non-violent, non-felony offenses that are predicated on a violation of this executive order; provided, however, that any official with authority to enforce this executive order may act to enforce trespassing laws and remove violators at the request of a business establishment or other property owner. This executive order hereby prohibits confinement in jail as a penalty for the violation of any face-covering order by any jurisdiction."

https://open.texas.gov/uploads/files/organization/opentexas/EO-GA-29-use-of-face-coverings-during-COVID-19-IMAGE-07-02-2020.pdf

Jim Forsythe

A video showing an Ohio woman being tasered and dragged away from a middle school football game after refusing to wear a mask is refueling the debate over the enforcement of social distancing guidelines during the pandemic.

Carlos Ponce

The Ohio mother, the parent of a middle school football player was socially distancing, no one sitting in her vicinity, and explained she has asthma and could not breathe with a mask on.

Gary Scoggin

"What PENALTY do you prescribe, Gary Scoggin? You cannot throw them in jail!" If I was the organizer of the event I would have at leased asked them to either follow guidelines or to leave. But you are saying that we don't have to follow laws without specific penalties. How very MAGA of you.

Doug Sivyer

The penalty should be they lose the right to serve the public. They should be voted out of office for failure to observe reasonable safe practices, and failure to do their duty to protect the public during a pandemic and follow the governors mandate . Extremely poor examples of leaders. VOTE THEM OUT.

Gary Scoggin

Unfortunately, this dangerous behavior makes them more attractive to MAGA voters.

Carlos Ponce

Gary Scoggin, unless you have information that ANY participant has the virus, your assertion is mere CONJECTURE, not fact.

Heidi Gordon

Someone I know who attended that rally believes the epidemic is false and will disappear on November 5th. This same acquaintance has a sister still on oxygen at home after surviving a rough bout of it in ICU and a neice who is currently sick with it. I don't know how she reconciles her belief that COVID-19 is a Democrat hoax to take down the President with the fact that two close family members became very sick with it. No one wants to ask.

Carlos Ponce

The CDC knows which groups are vulnerable to a fatal case of the Chinese virus. Everybody can catch it but for the clear majority of Americans symptoms range from none to something similar to the flu but not fatal. Protect those in the fatal-possible group but let the rest of us LIVE.

More caught the less fatal H1N1 virus than the Chinese Virus. Biden taking credit for the less number of fatalities is fraudulent. The nature of the virus itself is the reason for the smaller number of fatal cases. Biden's own chief of staff rightly says there was nothing the Obama-Biden administration did to attain that smaller number. In his own words they were "lucky".

Doug Sivyer

Carlos, your insensitive and lame attempt to minimize the real effects of COVID 19 fall on death ears to those 200,000 plus victims and the loved ones of those that have perished from COVID 19.

Carlos Ponce

Not insensitive, not lame but SCIENCE.

Doug Sivyer

You are correct Gary. Very poor examples of leadership. Vote them out.

Robert Braeking

As I have observed on newsreels, masks and social distancing are not required during 'peaceful protests'. All MAGA rallies are currently peaceful protests.

Carlos Ponce

Looks like you and I and the rest of humanity are speaking a different language Democrats just don't understand, Pete. Our concept of "peaceful protest" differs greatly from Democrats'.

The Democrat/Liberal/Progressive idea of a "peaceful protest" consists of rioting, looting, arson, aiming lasers at peace officers eyes, pelting them with frozen water bottles, rocks, etc.. None of that here. Maybe if someone had thrown a spit wad at an effigy of Pelosi....

Bailey Jones

Darwin, take the wheel.

Priscilla Files

Is there a roster of all who attended with their contact information? I suspect Galveston County Health District would like this information for contact tracing. Probably a lot of data could be gleaned given the defined number of participants in a confined space and of an overwhelmingly homogeneous demographic, with a few outliers.

Gary Miller

If no infections are reported in 15 days it will prove the gathering was SAFE as well as peaceful. There were no attacks on law enforcement unlike the Democrat "mostly peaceful" gatherings in Democrat controlled cities.

Gary Scoggin

If I drink at a bar all night and drive home without an accident then I was driving safely, not impaired.

Carlos Ponce

I thought bars were closed.[unsure]

Jim Forsythe

Think again.

Gary Scoggin

Carlos> "I thought bars were closed."

Me> I thought people were supposed to wear masks in public.

Carlos Ponce

"Me> I thought people were supposed to wear masks in public." Apparently that does not apply to "peaceful protests".

Jim Forsythe

For the posters that think that masks and social distancing are not required during 'peaceful protests' , you are wrong.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order on July 2 that requires Texans to wear face coverings in public spaces with just a few exceptions.

"Protesters are also not exempt from this order, even if the protest itself is happening outdoors. According to the order, protesters must wear masks if the demonstration is larger than a group of 10 people or if individuals participating in the protest cannot maintain six feet from other people not in the same household."

For the ones that think no penalties apply, you are wrong.

Penalties for not complying with this order:

First time violations: Verbal or written warning.

Subsequent violations: Fine not to exceed $250.

Carlos Ponce

It was a "Peaceful protest".

Jim Forsythe

And they were required to wear mask.

Carlos Ponce

"And they were required to wear mask." No, Jim. This was a private function. I was invited, Jim was not.[beam]

Priscilla Files

It will indicate that infection wasn’t spread during that event, not PROVE the event was safe.

DANIEL PICKETT

Perhaps the MAGA crowd had achieved a big, strong "herd mentality" the likes of which we've never seen, in which case no harm was done. :)

Gary Scoggin

There's definitely a herd mentality alright! :-)

Jim Forsythe

The herds Bell Cow is Trump, and when his bell tolls MEGA, they all follow each other into the bog, without questioning why!

Carlos Ponce

No bog, VICTORY, Jim!

Jim Forsythe

No Carlos, bog.

Sep 22, 2020 · “The experienced riders were riding on a path not familiar to them when the horse ridden by the 14-year-old became trapped in a marshy bog,

Carlos Ponce

Sure, Jim. Looks like you're losing it since the post has NOTHING to do with Trump.

Jim Forsythe

you must be waiting for the bell to toll MEGA.

Carlos Ponce

Yep, Jim's lost it.

Gary Miller

Jim.>What is MeGA?

Loretta Davis

The most troubling thing about the event is that some of the attendees are going to be working at the polling places (and on the committee's opening the mail in ballots) during Early Voting and on Election Day. What could go wrong?

Priscilla Files

Good point - I’ve signed up to be a poll worker (haven’t been called up yet), and that’s a real concern. I’ve been ‘Masked Up’ since March even during the three protests/rallies I’ve attended. ‘Course everyone was masked bc it was required, and they were all outside.

David Schuler

If Joe Biden is elected president, the next day there will be zero news stories on the Virus, If President Trump is reelected, every news outlet will have at least one feature story claiming that election day crowds will cause a spike in the following weeks.

Debra Criss

Best of luck to the large numbers of senior citizens who attended the rally without masks and distancing, and to some of the elected officials with at least one obvious co-morbid condition. I don't wish COVID on anyone, especially those at higher risk for ICU and ventilator care. Having cared for many vent patients (not COVID), it is no walk in the park. And neither is the rehab beyond. COVID is not magically disappearing after the election.

Carlos Ponce

Anyone who fell into the CDC determined fatal possible group did not attend the rally. Catch the Chinese virus? Possibly but like the majority of Americans it will not be fatal, and many even asymptomatic. That's the SCIENCE.

Gary Scoggin

"Anyone who fell into the CDC determined fatal possible group did not attend the rally." How do you know this, Carlos? Did your secret source screen everyone and give you a report?

Carlos Ponce

I was invited.... I'll leave it at that.

Jim Forsythe

The lady in the picture is older then 65.

Fatality rate goes up for seniors over the age of 65, that get Corona19..

If they have preexisting condition's the rate goes even higher.

How do you know that "Anyone who fell into the CDC determined fatal possible group" did not attend the rally. "

Just by the picture, one has been confirmed one as being at a higher risk because of age..

Carlos did anyone at the event have any of the following risk factors? .

Age , Race/ethnicity, Certain occupations, Pregnancy, was anyone pregnant at the event?

Cancer Chronic kidney disease COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant

Obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 or higher) Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies Sickle cell disease Type 2 diabetes mellitus

To make a statement that no one had the above problems is impossible for you to do just by looking at them, in most cases. Did you even attend the event? If not, you can not even guess how many were over 65,75, 85 or 95 in age.

Carlos Ponce

JIm, it is IMPOLITE to mention a lady's age!

Jim Forsythe

I know her age but I did not post it. It is public knowledge, that anyone can find.

Carlos Ponce

"The lady in the picture is older then 65." Jim, that's IMPOLITE!

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