Harmeet Dhillon Warns “Shelter in Place” Orders are “When Dictators Try to Suspend Our Rights”

Harmeet Dhillon, the Republican Party official who is currently under a shelter in place order in San Francisco due to coronavirus fears, told the “Todd Starnes Radio Show” Tuesday that, at this point, the decision by local officials seems extreme.

Dhillon said these kinds of emergencies are when “dictators come in and try to suspend our rights.” Gun sales across the country have surged due to similar concerns.

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She said she believes the government was right to warn seniors and the at-risk community about going outdoors, but she said the government’s decision to give an 11-hour notice that it is suspending civil rights appears to be an overreach.

Dhillon took to Twitter to blast city officials for their ineptitude during the best of times. She pointed to the city’s homeless crisis, its refusal to work with ICE officials to conduct raids and its all-too willingness to “stand down when Antifa & friends beat the hell out of taxpayers.”

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“Forgive me if I don’t fall right into line with the fascism,” she posted.

California’s Bay Area was the first in the country to enforce a shelter in place in seven counties. The order began at midnight Tuesday and will affect about seven million residents in the area. The measure is considered the strictest in the U.S. and falls into line with some previous orders in Europe.

“This is going to be a defining moment for our city,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed said. “We all have a responsibility to do our part to protect our neighbors and slow the spread of this virus by staying at home unless it is absolutely essential to go outside.”

Restaurants are open, but can only provide takeout. Supermarkets, banks and pharmacies will also remain open there, according to the Associated Press.

“Liberal city leaders decided to seize the opportunity and throw the whole economy into a tailspin as collateral damage,” she posted. “But don’t worry—we’ll soon have a government sponsored bailout for favored groups soon, funded with a tax increase crammed down the throats of the dwindling number of taxpayers.”

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