One outcome stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic is the “Do as I say” Democrats repeatedly being caught violating the very precautionary policies they made and advocated for.
The hypocrisy is alarming, but it is no longer surprising. All too often, powerful, and rich Democrats have believed they are above the law.
In March, New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio worked out at a YMCA in Brooklyn the same day New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that all non-essential businesses (including gyms) must close indefinitely the next day. The decision garnered criticism, which he defended by saying he wanted to say goodbye to a place that’s kept him grounded – whatever that means.
He also mentioned how it was important he exercised to be able to stay healthy and make decisions. Apparently, that meant he had to exercise at the YMCA. De Blasio failed to set the example at a critical period. After all, how seriously were New Yorkers supposed to take a lockdown which was just announced if their mayor is strolling around the city to pump iron.
Then in April, De Blasio told New Yorkers to wear a face covering when they go outside to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. He even went as far as to warn New Yorkers to stay home. Two days later, a park goer captured video of Mayor De Blasio walking with his wife in Prospect Park, without face coverings. When confronted by media, he justified his hypocritical behavior by saying you do not need to wear a face covering every minute if no one is around you. Not only did De Blasio fail to set the example, but this time he showed New Yorkers the rules did not apply to him.
In April, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer appeared at a news conference in Lansing without a mask. The other speakers in attendance were not wearing them either. A spokeswoman for the governor defended her actions by stating she was being socially distant, they were not in a public space, and they wanted the media to be able to hear and see what they say. I am sure everyone else being forced to wear a mask in public who is practicing social distancing would love for people to be able to hear and see what they say as well.
Also, in April, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot got a haircut, in direct violation of the stay-at-home order in place, which shut down barbershops and hair salons. When the media inquired about her new haircut, she looked annoyed and defended her actions by saying she is on national media and out in the public eye. The message is that she is more important than you, so you should not question that.
In July on national television, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler scolded Republicans like children as he ordered them to put on their masks. The group were already seated socially distant, but Nadler accused them of violating the safety of the members of the committee, and not caring. When Ranking Member Jim Jordan asked if it was permissible to have his mask off to take a sip of coffee, Nadler shouted that it was not permissible. When Jordan questioned the idea they cannot drink, Nadler – who was improperly wearing his own mask – slammed his gavel to silence him. Around the same time, Nadler was videotaped walking to his car in Washington D.C. without a mask. He stopped to speak with a concerned citizen who asked him to disavow the violence by Antifa, and during the entire conversation, Nadler remained near the gentleman. The same leader who did not want his peers in Congress to remove a mask indoors long enough to take a sip of coffee, was now defying his own logic by conversing with a stranger in public, up close, and without a mask.
In August, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was caught red-handed dining in at a friend’s restaurant, without a mask and without social distancing. The restaurant is in Cecil County, which borders Pennsylvania and Maryland. Considering the economic impact these policies have had on restaurants, it is no surprise that one local restaurant owner in Philadelphia questioned why the narrative of unsafe indoor dining did not apply to the mayor. Mayor Kenney later apologized, but defended his decision, saying he felt the risk was low. I cannot help but hypothetically wonder if Mayor Kenney would shut down indoor dining in the town he dined in if it impacted his friend’s restaurant like it did those in Philadelphia.
In September, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was caught on security camera footage walking through eSalon in San Francisco for an expensive haircut. Speaker Pelosi was not wearing a mask. Salons in San Francisco closed in March and re-opened for outdoor hair-styling services on the day she was there. So, while you must get your haircut outdoors in San Francisco, Pelosi feels empowered to do whatever is best for her, regardless of the rules.
Also, in September, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was photographed in public, walking a dog without a mask. The very same day, he tweeted that we should trust scientists and wear our masks. Previously, Governor Cuomo asked President Trump to sign an Executive Order to make mask-wearing mandatory and urged him to lead by example. Governor Cuomo’s leadership led to thousands of COVID-19 patients being moved to nursing homes to recover, which led to additional spread and unnecessary deaths.
The hypocrisy isn’t just restricted to politicians in the Democrat Party, as left-wing CNN anchor Chris Cuomo allegedly had a run in with David Whelan in the Hamptons on Easter Sunday at the site of the anchor’s new home. Whelan was riding his bicycle when he noticed Cuomo with two women and three children, none of which were wearing masks. This happened less than two weeks after Cuomo announced he contracted COVID-19, meaning he should have still been in quarantine. On CNN, Cuomo led viewers to believe that’s what he was doing – we were told he was living in his basement to prevent spreading the virus to his family (Cuomo’s teenage son and wife both contracted it).
Whelan alleges a heated confrontation ensued after he questioned why Cuomo wasn’t quarantined. According to Whelan, Cuomo walked towards him, told him he can do what he wants and threatened “This is not the end of this. You’ll deal with this later. We will meet again.” The following day on his SiriusXM radio show, Cuomo blasted Whelan, calling him a jackass, loser, fat tire biker. Cuomo has been a strong advocate for taking aggressive precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. On his first day back in the CNN office, Cuomo blasted “fools” who were seen outside not wearing masks or being socially distant. He questioned why they were “rushing back to get back.” This is the same self-appointed moral authority who couldn’t stay in his own basement for two weeks when he contracted the virus himself.
Why do Democrats who have promoted and put in place restrictive, lock-down policies not believe they are at risk of catching or spreading COVID-19 themselves? Do they know something we do not know? Is COVID-19 afraid of rich and powerful people? How long will America vote for an elite ruling class with a different set of standards? Through the tragedy of this pandemic, the “Do as I say” Democratic Party has been badly exposed, and they can never be trusted or taken seriously again.
Brad Shepard is a contributor to UncoverDC, and an Army National Guard veteran. Brad’s breaking news stories have been credited by Fox Business, The Washington Post, New York Daily News, New York Post, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Chicago Tribune, Deadspin, Yahoo Sports, Forbes, Golf Digest, Bleacher Report, Sporting News, The Sun, NESN, Breitbart, Zero Hedge, and ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, among many others. He is also the host of the “Low Blows MMA” podcast, which covers the hard-hitting world of mixed martial arts. Follow him on Twitter @TheBradShepard