A video circulating online appears to show Pennsylvania Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and Democratic state Rep. Wendy Ullman chuckling over the "political theater" of wearing masks.
What did they say?
The two officials were preparing to take part in a news conference in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Tuesday, when Wolf remarked to Ullman that he would be removing his mask when speaking onstage. At the time, Ullman was standing near the microphone with her mask still on.
"So Wendy, I'm gonna take — I'm gonna take my mask off when I speak," Wolf is heard saying.
Ullman then walks toward Wolf and off camera, responding, "I will as well, just, I'm waiting so that we can do a little political theater."
Wolf replies, "OK," as the two officials share a laugh and Ullman walks back toward the podium. She then adds for clarification: "So that it's on camera."
**Hot Mic** PA Gov @TomWolfPA & PA State Representative @RepUllman caught calling facemasks “political theater” https://t.co/N4F2ncDHIx— Young Republican National Federation (@Young Republican National Federation) 1601417261.0
Of course, it's possible that the two Democrats were joking about the situation. TheBlaze reached out to both officials for comment about the exchange, but neither have yet replied.
Even if they were joking, however, it's unlikely that such an excuse would satisfy Pennsylvanians, who have been living under some of the harshest coronavirus restrictions in the country.
Earlier this month, a federal judge actually ruled that the state's burdensome lockdowns, put in place by Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, were unconstitutional.
On July 2, Wolf issued an order that made wearing a mask mandatory. He also implemented a policy that limited indoor gatherings to 25 people and outdoor gatherings to 250 people.
There has been swift backlash
One Twitter user replied to a post made by Ullman, saying, "I enjoyed your political theater, meanwhile families and businesses suffer."
Another wrote: "Pelosi, Feinstein, now this. Rules for thee, but not for me."
The mayor of Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, Jondavid Longo, blasted Wolf and Ullman's actions, saying, "The destruction of the livelihoods of millions of Pennsylvanians is no laughing matter and we don't find this entertaining."
"The Pennsylvania Governor is purposefully hurting the economy to score political points," President Trump's former acting national intelligence director, Richard Grenell, wrote on Twitter. "Voters should take note."