by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Democratic politicians have consistently supported strict mask mandates for normal citizens. Yet they have just as consistently violated their own policies while attending parties, meeting with donors, or taking part in photo ops with masked children.
These Democrats appear to believe that COVID-related restrictions do not apply to important people such as themselves, but rather solely to the unwashed rubes they represent. That is presumably why most Democrats have responded so indignantly after getting caught in violation of a Democratic-imposed mask mandate or some other COVID policy they claim to support. …
… “I should have been more astute to the specifics of the regulations.” Sam Liccardo, mayor of San Jose
Spoken like a true nerd after he was busted for hosting a large Thanksgiving dinner party in violation of state health guidelines limiting the number of households at private gatherings. On the same day his violation was exposed, Liccardo posted a tweet urging constituents to “cancel the big gatherings this year and focus on keeping each other safe.”
“I am human.” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D., Mich.)
The governor has repeatedly violated her own state-imposed mask guidelines in Michigan, and once flouted the Washington, D.C., mask mandate at a crowded bar near the White House. After being photographed in East Lansing at a large maskless gathering in violation of a Michigan Health Department order, Whitmer claimed to be “human,” which is why she neglected to “stop and think about” the importance of rules.
“Don’t be ridiculous.” Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, D.C.
Bowser accused “right-wing nuts” of “spreading disinformation” after she was photographed without a mask at a wedding reception just days after imposing an indoor mask mandate throughout the district. The mandate included an exemption for individuals who were “actively eating or drinking.” Bowser was not, but implied that she was, and called her critics “ridiculous.”