As a leader of the House Freedom Caucus, Mark Meadows took pride in saying “no” to countless Congressional spending initiatives, no matter how worthy. In his current role as Donald Trump’s chief of staff, he’s widely blamed for being the Trump administration’s “no” voice as it attempts to reach agreement with Congressional negotiators on a much needed new round of federal government coronavirus stimulus.
So it’s pretty much on message — but nonetheless infuriating — that Meadows said “I don’t have to follow the rules” when he hosted a lavish indoor wedding for his daughter in Atlanta this past May. At that time the nation was full on experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases and deaths. A statewide Georgia order and city of Atlanta guidelines were in place that banned gatherings of more than 10 people to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
None of that dissuaded Meadows. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the wedding took place May 31 at the Biltmore Ballrooms in Midtown Atlanta. Most of the approximately 70 guests, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), donned tuxedos and ball gowns for the indoor affair but did not wear masks as Meadows walked his daughter, Haley, down the aisle through a path of soft white flower petals. Reportedly the event featured a 21-member wedding party.