In an appearance on Breitbart News Saturday, former GOP Senate candidate Elisa Martinez shared that people in New Mexico were forced to wait 2-4 hours just to enter essential retailers.
Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s “abrupt” lockdown mandate forced “nonessential” businesses to close, now dubbed as “modern breadlines.”
Martinez claims the economy and people of New Mexico have suffered a lot of downward pressure due to “ridiculous mandates” pushed by its leader. The governor was said to have imposed some of the “strictest lockdowns.”
The former candidate discussed Gov. Grisham’s “abrupt” announcement on November 13 that has restricted residents under another lockdown and closed businesses deemed nonessential.
The lockdown went into effect three days later and created a “huge rush to all of the stores.” Martinez said it was ineffective if the lockdown is to stop the in-person contact. Only a maximum of 75 people was then allowed in retail stores regardless of the size.
Martinez said, “So now we’re experiencing 2-4 hour lines outside in the cold — some areas of the state it’s snowing, raining.” “I had an elderly woman contact me. She was waiting in line for two hours to get their meds — you know, essential medicine.
So, it’s making a public health emergency worse in my opinion for the people of New Mexico, especially leading up to Thanksgiving,” continued Martinez.
Gov. Grisham apparently also declared four positive rapid tests in an essential business would entail the whole store to shut down.
The order resulted in at least 12 stores closing “in these smaller communities.” Martinez added that it’s “all up to the whims of the governor to declare what is essential and not.”
She also explained that Democrat governors are enriching the corporate empires such as Amazon and Walmart. While people struggle in securing basic needs, Hollywood productions are allowed in New Mexico.
“We have video of an actual production crew at work here in the state that took place after the lockdown orders,” Martinez said. Apparently, there is a special agreement between the film industry and unions to operate outside of public health order.
“It’s really a slap in the face to the people of New Mexico who are truly struggling, who are waiting outside in these lines,” Martinez concluded that the governor’s fearmongering about the virus never stops. However, the film industry seems to be exempted from the virus and the lockdown order.
Grisham’s office defended from the backlash that the state is “not forcing anyone to stand in a crowded line.”