PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- A state Republican lawmaker defended a social media post that mocked the Phoenix mayor's order to limit the spread of coronavirus by closing bars and restaurants.
Minutes after the 8 p.m. deadline took effect on Tuesday, Rep. Anthony Kern posted a picture on Twitter asking, "do you know where Phoenix Mayor (Kate Gallego) is."
Sens. Sonny Borrelli, David Gowan, and Rep. Mark Finchem stood with Kern as the four smiled and pointed at a clock inside a restaurant.
Kern later deleted the tweet because he said another member of the legislature asked him to, but he would not say who.
The Glendale Republican said he disagreed with the mayor's order because government should not tell businesses when to open or close.
"It boggles my mind to the point of, why are we in such a lock down, in my opinion," Kern said.
While the four lawmakers resisted the order, President Donald Trump, Gov. Doug Ducey as well as state and local health officials recommend avoiding large crowds and going out to bars and restaurants.
Kern said he is taking the response to COVID-19 seriously while the highest ranking Democrat in the House called the lawmaker's actions, "completely irresponsible."
"The day will come when they can go back out and play their games, but right now we need to be more responsible," said House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, a Democrat from Yuma.