Former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin should be â€œcommendedâ€ for dining out in Manhattan this week while infected with contagious COVID-19, insisted onetime GOP presidential contender and avid Donald Trump supporter Michele Bachmann.
Palin is to â€œbe commended because sheâ€™s trying to act like a normal human being in the greatest city in America,â€ the former Minnesota representative said on Fox Newsâ€™ â€œJesse Watters Primetimeâ€ on Friday.
Bachmann declared that itâ€™s time to â€œstart resuming normal American life â€¦ rather than cowering in our basements,â€ where the unvaccinated canâ€™t infect anyone else. Palin, who opposes COVID vaccines, has said she would get vaccinated â€œover my dead body.â€
Palin is in New York for her defamation trial against The New York Times, but the trial was delayed until next week after she tested positive for COVID-19, the judge announced Monday. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff noted: â€œShe is, of course, unvaccinated.â€
City health guidelines advise anyone who tests positive for the coronavirus to quarantine for at least five days. Yet Palin was spotted dining out at Elioâ€™s on Manhattanâ€™s Upper East Side two days after her positive test was reported. She was seen maskless and sitting close to others in a heated outdoor dining area.
The former Alaska governor also dined indoors at the restaurant last Saturday, in violation of New York Cityâ€™s vaccination mandate for indoor dining. The manager told The New York Times that the restaurant â€œmade a mistakeâ€ by failing to check Palinâ€™s proof of vaccination card (which she doesnâ€™t have) during her Saturday visit.
A City Hall statement added: â€œThe key to NYC rules were put in place to protect all New Yorkers â€” including the small businesses that power our cityâ€™s economy. Ms. Palin needs to respect small business workers and follow the rules just like everyone else.â€
Check out Bachmannâ€™s praise for a contagious fellow Republican in the video clip above.