The White House has reportedly invited all congressional spouses to a soiree hosted by first lady Jill Biden, which would seem to be a non-political social event for lawmaker’s wives and husbands to tour the People’s House and mingle with the highest-serving political spouse.
Fun, professional, and innocent, right?
In Joe and Jill Biden’s America, even standard, non-partisan White House operations are fair game for political posturing and epidemic-era ostracism.
Erika Donalds, the wife of freshman Florida Congressman Byron Donalds, a pro-Trump, conservative Republican who is outspoken in his support for President Trump and his agenda, tweeted a screenshot of the first lady’s COVID-19 guidelines for the event. They’re even more random and prejudiced than you would think.
“First Lady Jill Biden was gracious enough to invite me and the other Congressional spouses to a reception at the White House,” tweeted Mrs. Donalds. “I just need to take a COVID test, and as an unvaccinated individual (with natural immunity) I won’t be permitted to drink, eat, or interact with anyone. Should be fun.”
“Guests that are fully vaccinated are not required to wear a mask while at the White House,” the purported invitation email said. “Guests who are not completely immunized are required to wear a mask at all times, including refraining from eating or drinking and maintaining at least 6 feet from others while on the White House grounds.”
This, of course, is plainly absurd; it’s difficult not to feel like it’s a bitter shot at the spouses of all those problematic congressman who have criticized the Biden administration’s stringent vaccination rules and masking procedures.
The White House revealed its 2022 tour schedule just six days ago, and it contains no such stringent masking demands for random individuals to visit the first lady’s home.
The White House has planned to update the public tours on an “as-needed” basis, based on recommendations from the CDC, medical experts, and other public health officials, and reserves the right to adjust the availability of the public tours as necessary to adhere to new health advice.
It also urged that any individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, has experienced any COVID-19 symptoms, or has been in close proximity to someone proven or suspected to have COVID-19 within ten days before the public tour should remain at home. “Face masks will be available to those who wish to wear them while visiting the White House complex.”
As a result, it appears that tourists visiting the nation’s capital for Spring Break are free to discard their masks if they so wish, despite their vaccination status, but unvaccinated political spouses must cover up and avoid eating, drinking, or being within 6 feet of another person if they haven’t had the vaccine.