Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort hosted hundreds of Republicans, many of them maskless, for an indoor party on Friday
President Donald Trump shakes hands with conservative activist Charlie Kirk at a forum known as the Generation Next Summit at the White House on March 22, 2018.
Turning Point USA, a prominent right-wing youth group, welcomed hundreds of guests to its annual winter gala at the Palm Beach Resort hosted by President Donald Trump on Friday.
Most of the guests appeared to be refusing to wear masks, despite the county order requiring face-covering in businesses and facilities.
The group hosted an indoor event for 2,000 people on Saturday night, which, according to district officials, was oversold by 500 to 600 tickets and excluded hundreds of attendees.
Several prominent TPUSA GOP spokespeople mocked the wearing of masks and guidelines put in place by governments to curb the spread of COVID-19, which is increasing across the country.
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Turning Point USA, a prominent right-wing youth group, welcomed hundreds of guests to their annual winter gala at the Palm Beach Resort hosted by President Donald Trump on Friday, before holding a 2,000-person indoor event on Saturday night.
Many of the guests and speakers, who included high-profile White House officials, elected Republican officials and right-wing activists, brazenly violated Palm Beach County's COVID-19 reduction orders, social distancing and the wearing of masks in "all businesses and businesses Centers for Disease Control and Prevention “prescribe facilities” and federal guidelines Photos showed waiters wearing face masks at dinner in Mar-a-Lago.
Prominent attendees at the weekend events included Trump's son Donald Trump Jr., the Florida MP, Matt Gaetz, the White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, the Governor of South Dakota, Kristi Noem, the Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, and Fox News host Laura Ingraham. Friday night's gala appeared largely maskless as COVID-19 continued to spread rapidly in Florida and the rest of the country.
Dozens of guests posted photos of their events on their public social media reports, posing maskless with speakers. Gabe Nies, a Nashville real estate agent, posted photos of himself on Instagram posing with McEnany, Lewandowski, Ingraham, Gaetz and right-wing provocateur James O'Keefe. Everyone was inside, standing in close proximity and wearing no masks.
In order to participate in the events, guests had to sign a waiver in which they agreed to "voluntarily assume all risks associated with exposure to COVID-19".
"Everyone has their own freedom and must exercise it responsibly ... and that's part of the spirit of this event," TPUSA spokesman Andrew Kolvet told Insider earlier this month about the group's refusal to give masks at this year's gala and four days Student Action Summit.
This came after TPUSA's co-founder Bill Montgomery died of COVID-19 in late July at the age of 80.
Nearly 318,000 Americans died of COVID-19 on Monday, according to the Johns Hopkins University. And new infections have hit new records in the United States in the past few days as health officials urge Americans to avoid gatherings, maintain social distance, and wear masks.
Hundreds of attendees on the first night of the TPUSA Summit on Saturday were banned from entering the Palm Beach Convention Center because the event had reached its 2,000-person capacity, according to a contract signed by TPUSA with the Convention Center.
Palm Beach County Administrator Verdenia Baker told the Palm Beach Post that TPUSA "oversold their contract capacity by 500 to 600 people," who then gathered outside the convention center and sang, "Let's in!"
A TPUSA spokesperson said the group did not oversold the event, but admitted that it had planned to send some attendees to overflow areas. Several of the guest speakers, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Trump Jr., spoke to attendees outside of the event.
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Trump Jr., whose girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle also spoke at the event, accused Palm Beach County of "trying to make it difficult for TPUSA" to hold its event because the county was "not exactly a conservative place".
The group hosted another event on Sunday night hosted by Trump's younger son Eric and his wife Lara.
A TPUSA spokesman did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. Charlie Kirk, the 27-year-old leader of the pro-Trump group, has questioned the wearing of masks as a form of disease control, campaigned for Americans to ignore measures to contain the spread of the virus, and a series of conspiracies promoted theories about the virus.
"This event represents freedom," said Kirk, according to the Palm Beach Post, during his remarks on Saturday. "That you won't lock us up and silence us any longer."
Senator Rand Paul, who has spoken out aggressively against science-based virus reduction guidelines, mocked wearing masks during his speech, comparing it to wearing "underwear over the face."
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