New Orleans Mayor Blames Trump For Her Not Shutting Down Mardi Gras

LaToya Cantrell is the mayor of New Orleans who recently came under fire for not shutting down Mardi Gras when concerns over the #Coronavirus were escalating. In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, she attempted to shirk responsibility and blame President Trump by saying, “When it’s not taken seriously at the federal level, it’s very difficult to transcend down to the local level in making these decisions.” However, the federal government had been taking the threat seriously, even before Mardi Gras season. President Trump had already restricted travel from China and Dr. Nancy Messonnier, from the CDC, publicly stated that, “we can and should be prepared for this new virus to gain a foothold in the United States.” It seems to me that LaToya Cantrell made a judgement call, it turned out to be the wrong one, and now she is trying to cover her butt at the expense of her integrity.

I believe that Americans need to pay close attention to these sorts of happenings. Elected officials that are not willing to stand behind their decisions or admit their mistakes should not be voted into office again. Yet, all across our country there are politicians who have repeatedly lied and managed to get themselves re-elected. If we are to improve our society, this trend has to stop. Do not vote for candidates just because they represent your political party, vote for individuals that represent your personal beliefs and values. My opinion is that integrity should be at the top of everyone’s list of required values in an elected official. It is clear to me that LaToya Cantrell does not value integrity, and therefore, barring repentance and a complete change of heart, should not be re-elected by her constituents.

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