Gov. Kate Brown, the Democrat who did little to stop months of violent, anti-police protests in Portland, has somehow found an area where she apparently thinks she can flex her muscles: coronavirus restrictions.
Brown has ordered a two-week freeze in the state in hopes to get a grip on surging coronavirus cases. Under her guidelines, gyms, museums, museums and other “non-essential facilities have been forced to close. Other businesses like grocery stores will have to operate on a reduced maximum capacity.
But, like other states, Oregon is preparing for the possibility that residents will disregard the restrictions during the Thanksgiving holiday, and came up with new ideas to keep those in the state in check.
Rat on your neighbor.
Brown asked those in the state to call the police if they spot their neighbors disregarding coronavirus guidelines, according to Fox News.
“Look, this is no different than what happens if there is a party down the street and it’s keeping everyone awake,” she said, apparently forgetting about anti-cop protesters who marched in neighborhoods while shining flashlights into homes. “What do neighbors do? They call law enforcement.”
Buck Sexton, the host of “The Buck Sexton Show,” said that Brown’s appeal is “toxic” because there are people who will actually call.
“There are lunatics out there who will do this. They’ll say, ‘Oh gosh, you’re putting me at risk. My mask protects me. Your mask protects you.’ You know, nonsense like that.”
Sexton said that it is the height of irony that a state that just decriminalized small amounts of heroin and cocaine would come up with such a policy based on the public’s welfare.
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure shall not be violated and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause,” Sexton said, quoting part of the Fourth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. “Gathering with your family on Thanksgiving is not probable cause of the Commission of any crime. This is unconstitutional. they do not have the right to do this. Don’t let them continue to threaten you and to create all this fear so that you can forget that what they’re doing is wrong.”