By Christopher Harper
Philadelphia is a tough, in-your-face city that doesn’t have much time for nannies.
But Mayor Jim Kenney has become the city’s chief nanny who has determined that he’ll lock the place down until the end of February.
No fans at Phillies or Eagles games. No Thanksgiving Day parade. No Mummers’ Parade, a Philadelphia institution, on New Years Day. No conventions. No music concerts.
The edict comes as the number of Covid-19 cases has fallen dramatically.
He’s banned visitors from other states like California, Texas, and even Idaho, resulting in a huge financial blow to bars, hotels, and restaurants. So far, the city is expected to lose more than $700 million in tax dollars.
Of course, political demonstrations for “social justice” are exempt from the ban!
I’m not much for conspiracy theories, but the mayor’s unnecessary clampdown raises the specter that Philadelphia may be a test case to suppress voter turnout for Donald Trump.
If Philly succeeds in its lockdown, other locales may use the edict as a model for the 2020 presidential election.
That would mean no Trump rallies. A push for an expansion of mail-in ballots. A likelihood that Trump, who carried the key electoral votes in Pennsylvania in 2016, will be hard pressed to do it again.
Trump won Pennsylvania by 44,292 votes out of more than 6,000,000 cast, the narrowest margin in a presidential election for the state in 176 years and the first Republican since George H. W. Bush won the state in 1988.
In Philadelphia, Hillary Clinton won more than 80 percent of the heavily Democrat city. But Trump got more than 100,000 votes here.
Just think about how the mayor and the other Democrat nanny, Gov. Tom Wolf, can suppress Trump voters. Wolf has limited outdoor gatherings to less than 250 people, making political rallies almost impossible.
It’s disgusting how the Democrats are using the pandemic as a means to tip the balance in the 2020 presidential election.