Popular YouTube host Austen Fletcher aka “Fleccas Talks” was kicked out from CPAC, and was informed that “he was no longer wanted,” and would be “arrested for trespassing” if he re-entered the building.
“I was politely removed from #CPAC for not wearing a mask. They forced one on me for 30 seconds but then I ran into some fans and couldn’t look them in the eye while wearing it,” Fletcher announced on a Twitter post.
“That’s it. That’s just me. I’m out.”
CPAC declares on their website that: “Face coverings are required in the hotel lobby, all meeting space public areas such as foyers and hallways, meeting ballrooms and breakout rooms when not seated and socially distanced (or when not presenting in a session and socially distanced), restaurants and bars when not actively eating or drinking, fitness center, and while moving around in outdoor areas.”
Rogan O’Handley, a conservative commentator, was likewise kicked out of the building and threatened with arrest.
“I was just ejected from @CPAC and threatened with immediate arrest if I return for pulling my mask down to take pictures with dozens of followers,” O’Handley stated on his Twitter account which is now banned. “@Hyatt security had multiple police detain me. Selfies with fans not allowed at CPAC!”
Another conservative personality, Jaden McNeil, was too dismissed from CPAC, though it’s not confirmed if it was over mask-wearing.
The CPAC organizers were, of course, booed as a reaction to the encouragement of wearing the masks inside the Florida hotel ballroom in compliance with the host venue’s policies.
Just after former Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel closed his address by leading the audience in chants of “freedom,” ACU executive director Dan Schneider and CPAC deputy director Carly Patrick proceeded to the stage to give a more sober message to the attendees convened at the Hyatt Regency Orlando — who seemed overwhelmingly maskless.
“I know this might sound like a little bit of a downer, but we also believe in property rights, and this is a private hotel,” Schneider announced. “And we believe in the rule of law, so we need to comply with the laws of this county that we’re in. But a private hotel, just like your house, gets to set its own rules.”
Patrick continued to explain that “we are in a private facility, and we do want to be respectful of the ordinances that they have as their private property. So please, everyone: When you’re in the ballroom, when you’re seated, you should still be wearing a mask.”