Denver mayor urged families to stay home for Thanksgiving, then flew to Mississippi to be with his
Speaker Nancy Pelosi went to a hair salon. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot not only went a salon, but she also cavorted at a Joe Biden victory rally. California Gov. Gavin Newsom attended a swanky dinner for an adviser in the Golden State’s wine country, joined by well-heeled supporters. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Delaware to celebrate Biden’s win. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney also went out of state, to Maryland, just to eat dinner.
Time and time and time again hypocritical Democratic politicians implement COVID-19 restrictions – on indoor dining, shopping, worship, family gatherings and travel – and then violate their own rules.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is another name to add to this Hall of Shame.
As reported Monday by CNSNews.com, Hancock on Nov. 20 was almost apologetic in demanding his constituents remain home and forgo large gatherings for Thanksgiving dinner.
“Thanksgiving is now less than a week away and I’ve told you all the last time we got together about the gathering of 50 family members and close friends at the Hancock household and how it’s going to look different this year. We’re going to be doing a Zoom so that we can at least see each other on Thanksgiving. So please, I urge everyone, maybe get a small turkey this year and celebrate with just those you live with,” Hancock told reporters.
“And after the meal, as we’re going to do, Zoom with your extended family, all your friends, everyone that you meet, and tell them that you look forward to seeing them real soon and that maybe next year, maybe next year we can all be together again. I know this is hard. I know you hate this. I hate this. But we are doing our best to avoid a complete shutdown of our economy.”
Another do as I say not as I do politician apologizes for their hypocrisy.
In this case, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock who repeatedly urged Denverites not to travel for Thanksgiving but was caught flying off to Mississippi to see his wife and daughter. pic.twitter.com/6gsk4WXEjk
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 26, 2020
But what the mayor neglected to tell the public was that he was headed out of state for a family gathering. Hancock traveled with his wife to Mississippi to share the holiday with their daughter.
“What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job,” he said last week in a series of tweets. “As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.”
“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone. As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel. I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head,” Hancock added.
On Saturday, Hancock again tried to atone, telling the local media, “I do see my decision as very unwise and hypocritical. It is a mistake that I deeply regret and apologize. I recognize my job is not only to help come up with safe practices for the entire city. It’s also to set an example. And on this measure, I failed. I didn’t follow my advice and I should have. And I know many people in Denver did follow my advice and weren’t able to see family this holiday. So to all of those people, I offer my sincere, deepest apologies as well.”
Over the past two weeks as of Monday, compared to the previous two-week period, the number of new coronavirus cases in Mississippi was up 13 percent, hospitalizations increased 38 percent and deaths climbed 30 percent, according to The New York Times.
Hopefully for the sake of the mayor and those closest to him, what happens in Mississippi stays in Mississippi.