A Californian Democrat urged entrepreneurs to keep their businesses closed despite other states deciding to ease social distancing restrictions.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has discouraged business owners from reopening their enterprises even after state legislatures have agreed to ease Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Virus restrictions. She warned those who listen to the government’s advice are putting their safety at risk.
“The small businesses that are in direct contact with people nail shops, beauty shops, barbershops, flower shops, these are people in touch with folks every day, and they are risking their lives,” she told Spectrum News 1’s “Inside the Issues” television program. “We do not want them opened up.”
Waters believes entrepreneurs should let the Democratic Party take care of them through welfare checks.
“We are doing everything that we can to give support to our constituents, to our citizens, to the people who work every day, who have families to take care of,” she said. “If we do that, this will support our states and our governors and not having to open back up.”
Waters promised to introduce legislation that prohibits landlords from evicting businesses and tenants for being unable to make their rent payments.
“I do want a moratorium on rent evictions and I have a huge bill,” she said. “I have a $100 billion bill to pay the landlords.”
She has proposed to compensate landlords for lost income on investment properties.
“I know that they need to pay their mortgages and I am going to absolutely see to it that they are reimbursed, that they are paid for the moratorium on evictions on their apartments,” she said. “We do not want them to risk their properties, many of them have bought a small number of units, eight [to] 10 units, four units as [a] retirement property.
Waters urged governors to refuse to reopen their respective states and keep the country closed due to the CCP Virus pandemic.
“We are very sympathetic to the pressure that is being put on by the president of the United States and organize efforts of these protesters but we want the governors to hold the line, be as tough as you can be, be as thoughtful as you can be, do everything you can to hold the line,” she said. “I know that [California] Gov. [Gavin] Newsom is doing that and any small steps that he takes, he is doing it with a lot of support. We are with you governor, hold the line.”
Waters also criticized activists who have peacefully demanded that state legislatures allow businesses to reopen and rehire workers who were laid off or let go due to the CCP Virus crisis.
“Our governors are under great stress and the protests that have been organized, the protests were trying to intimidate our governors to open up everything are protests where the people participating in that should be ashamed of themselves, they should not be encouraged in any way,” she said. “They should not be encouraged from the top leadership of this country to go out and do that.”