ALL BLUSTER FOR MSNBC? PALM BEACH COUNTY HAS CITED NO ONE FOR NOT WEARING FACIAL COVERING.
BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg Thursday morning appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and stated that passive enforcement of facial covering orders isn’t working.
“You don’t the compliance you need unless you threaten the worst violators with handcuffs,” he said. But Palm Beach County has filed NO citations, civil or criminal — against anyone who hasn’t worn a mask.
A check of the Palm Beach County Clerk’s Office continues to show that no citations, violations or other court action has been initiated against individuals who are seen by law enforcement not wearing a mask in Palm Beach County.
MSNBC Host Mika Brzezinski asked no questions about mask order enforcement in Palm Beach County, but instead focused on Aronberg’s take on national politics. Aronberg did not mention Palm Beach County enforcement during his interview. Brzezinski and her husband, co-host Joe Scarborough, own a home in Jupiter, FL which is in Palm Beach County. The two often broadcast their show from the home. Aronberg — the county’s top prosecutor — is a frequent guest on the show.
The omission of questions about Palm Beach County enforcement is notable, considering Aronberg himself has tested positive for COVID-19 as deaths and positivity rates continue to soar.
“When you wear a mask, it’s protecting others from you,” he said. “As far as the first amendment absolutists who show up at a county commission meeting and say it’s their right to sneeze on someone else (I remind you) that your liberty to swing your fist ends where someone else’s nose begins.”
While ignoring enforcement issues, Aronberg did blast the anti-maskers who filed suit against the county, claiming that mask orders are a constitutional violation. A judge just ruled against the claim.
“They politicized the pandemic and are putting everyone else’s life in danger,” said Aronberg.
Aronberg previously stated that his office would not be involved with enforcing mask orders in Palm Beach County as a violation would be civil and not criminal. However, no civil violations have been filed against mask order violators.
It’s unclear if Aronberg’s comments on national television are intended to pressure the Palm Beach County Commission, and Mayor Dave Kerner, to more than passively enforce the mask order, or possibly raise violations to misdemeanor status. Commissioner Kerner, serving for the year as the Palm Beach County Mayor, is up for reelection in November.
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