Gov. Lujan Grisham mask shames Española residents: ‘I didn’t see a single mask, not one’

On Thursday, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham held a COVID-19 press conference where she announced a few new steps to reopening, such as museums being able to function at 25% capacity, restaurants with indoor dining at 25% indoors and 75% outdoors, among a handful of other lesser restrictions.

While she was talking about how New Mexicans need to keep with her strict policies, she made sure to make an example of Española in Northern New Mexico, mask shaming residents for not wearing face coverings, according to her observations from her chauffeured car. 

“Last week, I traveled to Northern New Mexico, and in traveling to Northern New Mexico, I went through Española. I saw a lot of activity in Española and traveling through Main Street going North. I didn’t see a single mask, not one. Not in a parking lot, not in a grocery store that we passed, not at a convenience store, not at a gas station, not by someone in a car, not hanging on a rearview mirror, not on a wrist, not as people were walking, nowhere! Not one. The only masks I saw were in the car I was in, and we have to do better than that because if we don’t we cannot successfully introduce risk.”

Her recent criticism of New Mexicans certainly is not a new development, as she previously berated folks for traveling out of state, making examples of restauranteurs in Hobbs who allegedly were not following her indoor dining ban. 

14 thoughts on “Gov. Lujan Grisham mask shames Española residents: ‘I didn’t see a single mask, not one’”

  1. Did you actually get down anywhere or are those just observations from your “chauffered” vehicle. Why don’t you actually get off your high horse and go in among the people. Not only are our businesses in Espanola making sure you don’t go in without a mask but all and I don’t use the word “all” lightly, the people in Española are following the mandate whenever they are around people.. I was not aware as I’m sure others aren’t either, that you have to wear masks when in your cars or walking down the street by yourself. You really threw our beautiful valley (a valley where you got your major support in getting you elected) under the bus. I think you owe Española a major apology immediately and not wait till next Thursday with some half-baked excuse for an apology.

    1. I agree with you! Our Friend today in town was riding his bike with his helmet and a mask covering everything except his eyes! I felt sorry for him as there was lots of traffic and he was surely covered. Around here you don’t go in anywhere if you aren’t wearing a mask. We can’t go into our Church if everyone isn’t wearing a mask. Maybe that’s where she should enter is into God’s house where we are all covered!

      1. You just said it. Where you got votes to elect you. Nobody to blame but yourselves. You voted for her. You screwed up so live with it. Elections have consequences, or so some democrat past president said. Just saying.

  2. Anthony Martinez

    I agree 100% with Ms. Sandra Reyes and from what I have seen as well,this Beautiful Valley of Espanola that you are trying to throw your negativity towards has been completely complying with all regulations put forth by our Governor I had clearly been giving obviously too much credit for her efforts and we with no doubt deserve an immediate apology for her quick to judge observation without taking at least a minute out of that so called busy schedule and properly view our efforts towards keeping our selves and others safe by completely complying with all regulations .

  3. Yes, she, the tyrant, should apologize to Espanola immediately. I also want her to stop calling us “folks”. We are not her “folks”. Folks means family or friends. I am not her family or her friend. I could never be a friend to a tyrant who abuses the citizens. Folks is not even a proper word anymore. WE ARE FREE NEW MEXICAN AND AMERICAN CITIZENS with rights which she is trampling on as if she owns us. Mask are very physically dangerous when misused, but also psychologically dangerous. Masks are a ritual device and we totally have the right to refuse this unjust treatment.

  4. Please post the Espanola mayor’s response in its entirety here. He rips into her over this and it is tough to disagree.

  5. Maybe the “folks” she’s referring to, want to breathe fresh air while being outside! I refuse to wear one once I leave an establishment.. She should have gone inside an establishment to observe instead of cruising down main Street to spy on people and shame them.

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  7. Moochie Loserjan Gruesome -you self important snot nosed brat.Once again showing you think you are above the people and everyone should bow to you–how BOUT “GO FU**YOURSELF!!” NM WILL BE BETTER OFF THE SOONER YOU ARE DRAGGED OUT OF THE ROUNDHOUSE!

  8. Shame on Michelle for trying to shame the great citizens of Espanola. She’s a selfish, self-serving individual who likes to bully her little self into the limelight at every opportunity. She casts a bad light on all New Mexicans, such a disgraceful person.

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