New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has been accused of fostering an environment for the creation of “modern breadlines” in her state, with photos showing dozens of people standing outside of grocery stores waiting to purchase food following her decision to lock down the state.
“Across the state, the elderly & sick are in these lines,” Trump campaign surrogate and former GOP Senate candidate Elisa Martinez said, providing a picture of a long line in front of a Walmart.
“Don’t be so naive to think that government & @GovMLG is interested in your health & well being. Or ‘science’ for that matter. If that were the case this wouldn’t be happening,” she said:
Across the state, the elderly & sick are in these lines.
Don’t be so naive to think that government & @GovMLG is interested in your health & well being.
Or “science” for that matter.
If that were the case this wouldn’t be happening..
— Elisa Martinez (@elisa1121) November 23, 2020
“Taking away protected rights, forcing citizens to stand in ‘bread lines’ & LYING about it—are all the actions of communist dictators,” she added in another tweet:
Taking away protected rights, forcing citizens to stand in “bread lines” & LYING about it—are all the actions of communist dictators.
NM has experienced these under @GovMLG’s “emergency orders.”
Tell your state legislators to vote FOR the Emergency Powers Accountability Act.
— Elisa Martinez (@elisa1121) November 24, 2020
Gov. MLG creates modern breadlines in New Mexico thanks to her failed, one-size-fits-all #COVID19 policies which both close AND drastically limit access to grocery stores: https://t.co/9HoZf0vIiG #nmpol #nmecon pic.twitter.com/7s0QHBtJKd
— Paul Gessing (@pgessing) November 23, 2020
Why is there a line of people to enter Walmart on a Monday morning? It’s because of the state’s new restrictions, which take effect today in #NewMexico ➡️ https://t.co/RAsMCsWg5M pic.twitter.com/BmJsZQiwCV
— Kate Bieri (@KateBieri) November 16, 2020
The long lines coincide with the Democrat governor’s decision to issue a stay-at-home order, demanding nonessential businesses to close for two weeks. Such businesses include salons and gyms, though businesses deemed essential are still expected to “minimize operations and in-person staffing to the greatest extent possible.” Those that remain open “may not exceed either 25 percent of the maximum occupancy as determined by the relevant fire marshal or more than 75 customers in the business space at any given time, whichever is lesser,” per the state’s website.
Essential retailers are required to close every night at 10 p.m. The state’s website adds that the stores “shall limit the sale of medications, durable medical equipment, baby formula, diapers, sanitary care products and hygiene products to three items per individual.”
New Mexico’s Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham extended her stay-at-home executive order on Thursday to May 15, despite the relatively low number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the state when compared to the other 49 states in the country. https://t.co/Bs84cQfIkN
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) May 2, 2020
According to KOB4, the governor’s order requires businesses “with four or more rapid responses in a 14-day period have to shut down for two weeks.” That has resulted in “a dozen grocery stores around the state” to close their doors.
Indoor dining services are also suspended during this period, which began on November 16. The Democrat governor’s order also prohibits “any gathering of more than five individuals.”
“New Mexicans are instructed to stay at home except for only those trips that are essential to health, safety and welfare – such as for food and water, emergency medical care, to obtain a flu shot or to obtain a test for COVID-19,” according to the state:
New Mexico is at the breaking point. We face a life-or-death situation, & we must & will act to preserve the lives of New Mexicans.
On Monday New Mexico will hit reset, re-enacting the most heightened level of statewide public health restrictions to slow the spread & save lives. pic.twitter.com/XvcHCK3hU3
— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) November 13, 2020
Today's COVID-19 update:
– 2,259 new cases, totaling 84,148 cases statewide
– 17 additional deaths, totaling 1,400 deaths statewide
– 846 current COVID-19 hospitalizations statewide
Mask up. Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives.
More info here: https://t.co/9ttx0zr2rq
— Michelle Lujan Grisham (@GovMLG) November 24, 2020
“We are in a life-or-death situation, and if we don’t act right now, we cannot preserve the lives, we can’t keep saving lives, and we will absolutely crush our current health care system and infrastructure,” Lujan Grisham said at the time.
Grisham’s office has rejected the notion that the governor’s orders are causing “modern breadlines.”
“The state is not forcing anyone to stand in a crowded line, as you suggest,” a spokesperson for Lujan Grisham said. A spokesman also referred to the pictures as a politically motivated “Republican talking point.”
Lujan Grisham’s office also provided a statement, stressing that “there is no community in the state of New Mexico where COVID-19 closures have closed off all food and water or medicine options for any community or group of people.”
It reads in part:
Every single community where the virus is forcing closures has alternate stores, alternate resources. Moreover, stores are only ordered closed for the protection of public safety when the store’s staff members have an abundance of COVID-19 infections among them – surely you and everyone in New Mexico can agree that not one of us would like to be shopping among staff that are contagious. If you are reporting on store closures, please include that fact, as it is critical to the context. To report on stores being closed without explaining that it is because the staff at those stores tested positive for COVID-19, posing a threat to the health of the community, would be a disservice to the public.
The shelter in place order will last through November 30.