MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle criticized Republicans for holding an indoor event during a spike in coronavirus cases, according to Fox News.
“The New York Young Republicans couldn’t hold the event in New York because the rules wouldn’t permit it, but they held the gala here in our state. You called out Congressman Matt Gaetz… but here’s the thing: Matt Gaetz doesn’t care! He doesn’t care if you call him a putz, he doesn’t care that you don’t want him in New Jersey, he loves this national news!”
“But now those people who broke the rules could be spreading this virus and killing people across our state! You’re the one who makes the rules! Do you need to put more restrictions in place and actually punish these people?”
MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle — who is recovering with her family from COVID — urges NJ Governor Phil Murphy to punish people for violating mandates. Well, given Ruhle got COVID, should she be punished? How'd she get it if she isolated the entire time? She's no essential worker. pic.twitter.com/shUvO6CvFW
— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) December 7, 2020
“But maybe people would care more and listen more if there were more punitive consequences, right? In your rules, you’re urging people who come into New Jersey from out of town to quarantine, but all it is is an honor system! Matt Gaetz didn’t follow it! Do you need to do something more than an honor system? Lives are at risk!”
New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said, “I worry right now about somebody’s living room, a private setting where no amount of enforcement can get into every living room or private setting in our state. That to me is where our biggest challenge is. That is where the pandemic fatigue is at its height. That’s where people are letting their guard down. And I would just plea with people, not just do the right thing when you’re at a restaurant or at a gym but do the right thing when you’re in your own home.”
From Fox News:
Appearing on her program on Monday morning, Ruhle, who announced on her show that she and her family were recovering from the coronavirus, pressed Gov. Murphy about repercussions she appeared to want in place.
Murphy responded by telling Ruhle that his state has the “same darn rules” as New York and that the GOP event is “under investigation,” but that wasn’t enough for the MSNBC anchor.
The Democratic governor gently pushed back, telling Ruhle it’s “impossible to enforce somebody taking the Lincoln Tunnel” into his state but pointed to other instances of his administrations cracking down on lockdown violators.