Arrest of Gym Owners Is Microcosm of Dems’ Broader Agenda
Arresting small business owners while permitting large violent protests. That’s the response of some Democrat state and local governments across the nation in recent weeks.
Witness New Jersey, where police this week arrested the owners of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr for defying state orders to close the facility in response to COVID-19. The gym owners, Ian Smith and Frank Trumbetti, had taken virus-spread precautions, including social distancing, closing workout stations, operating at 20% capacity, requiring face masks, increasing equipment sanitization, and taking temperatures. To no avail. Atilis Gym is just one of countless American small businesses trying to balance public health, government edicts, and profitability before being shut down by government edict.
Why are these left-wing protests allowed when small business activity — itself a form of political protest in today’s climate — is not? The virus doesn’t distinguish between gatherings based on political preference. Neither should politicians. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who’s led his state’s business crackdown, even attended a Black Lives Matter protest in June in defiance of his own order prohibiting large gatherings.