In March of 2020, Republican former Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin was unmasked as the Bear on FOX's The Masked Singer. Upon her elimination, Palin gave an unconventional rendition of "Baby Got Back" by Sir Mix-a-lot. That same night, news broke that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19—among the first prominent Americans to receive such results—and were quarantining in Australia.
Nearly two years later, the United States is still battling COVID-19 and Sarah Palin is still making headlines.
New York City, for a libel trial against the New York Times. Though the trial was set to begin this past Monday, Palin tested positive for COVID-19. Just days before, Palin—who is unvaccinated—dined indoors at Elio's on the Upper East Side, somehow bypassing the city's vaccine requirement. In light of the positive results, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff delayed the trial until February 3rd.
But a positive COVID test hasn't stopped Palin from continuing the town red, as she was spotted dining at Elio's once again (this time outside) and, according to the blog UpperEastSite, was also seen dining at Campagnola the night before.
Shawn McCreesh, who originally spotted Palin at Elio's last Saturday, shared video of her dining there again on Wednesday, only two days after testing positive.
#HappeningNow Sarah Palin seen dining at a Manhattan restaurant. She is in the city for a trial against the NYT @nytimes, which was reportedly delayed due to her testing positive for Covid19, 2 days ago, according to Forbes pic.twitter.com/npJaQDf110
— Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) January 27, 2022
While unvaccinated patrons are permitted to eat in outdoor dining spaces in New York, it's unclear what gave Palin the impression that it's acceptable to continue endangering service workers and her own acquaintances by dining so soon after a positive test. Is the Italian at Elio's really that good?
What's also unclear is when, or if, Palin ever tested negative following the positive test.
Jonah Allon—the spokesman for the city's recently inaugurated Democratic mayor, Eric Adams—lambasted Palin's recklessness in a statement, saying:
"We encourage any New Yorker who came into contact with Sarah Palin to get tested, just as we encourage all New Yorkers to get tested regularly, especially those who believe they may have been exposed to COVID-19."
“By repeatedly flouting CDC guidelines, Ms. Palin has shown a complete disregard for the health and safety of small business workers and her fellow patrons. The city offers multiple resources to support isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19, and we encourage Ms. Palin to join the 98 percent of New Yorkers who report they have followed guidance on isolation and have helped New York City stop the spread.”
He's continued to lament Palin's behavior on Twitter.
People joined Allon in shaming Palin's flagrant endangerment of small business workers.
I would deeply deeply appreciate if Sarah Palin would stop infecting my constituents on the Upper East Side. Absolute madness. https://t.co/4WvuNvDRRK
— Keith Powers (@KeithPowersNYC) January 27, 2022
Sarah Palin is a super spreader. https://t.co/fkrqIfarzX
— Kristina Cunningham (@sinfullyfestyle) January 28, 2022
Here is an unvaccinated Sarah Palin coughing and wiping her face with her bare hands at a restaurant after knowing she tested positive for Covid.
What's that conservatives are always saying about personal responsibility? 🤔 #AntivaxxersAreDisgusting https://t.co/6evJiOyCYH
— LA Daley 🌈🧙♂️✌ (@LA_Daley_) January 27, 2022
The new Typhoid Mary.
— Bruce E.H. Johnson (@BEHJ) January 28, 2022
This is just disgusting on a few different levels. I’m so disappointed in some humans right now. 😔 https://t.co/plhB0WkCAN
— maria (@logicBFF) January 27, 2022
Is she...just out and about spreading covid?? https://t.co/K3mDTF9KcC
— rabia O'chaudry (@rabiasquared) January 27, 2022
Some also found the first sentence of Allon's statement unintentionally funny.
lololol I am absolutely 12 years old because this headline is sending me @thespybrief https://t.co/dYsfaDBrg9
— HAIRYDOMBRAZ27 NFT THEORY BONDS (@wokbonds) January 28, 2022
Out of context, incredibly hilarious statement. https://t.co/lmUhZOAQcN
— Bubb_Ruvski (@LeftyTWS15) January 28, 2022
Palin has said she'll only get vaccinated "over [her] dead body."