Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is under fire after he took a flight to Houston, Texas to see his family for Thanksgiving — after lecturing Americans to avoid traveling during the holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mayor Michael Hancock jetted off to Houston to celebrate the holiday with his wife and daughter, News 9 reported.
That very morning, Hancock had tweeted, “Pass the potatoes, not COVID,” along with an advisory that urged people to stay home and hold virtual gatherings.
Pass the potatoes, not COVID.
🏘️Stay home as much as you can, especially if you're sick.
💻Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners.
❌Avoid travel, if you can.
🍲Order your holiday meal from a local eatery.
🎁Shop online with a small business for #BlackFriday. pic.twitter.com/acQpWs2Ism
— Michael B. Hancock 😷 (@MayorHancock) November 25, 2020
The backlash against Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was swift.
“That is incredibly disappointing,” Dr. Sandy Johnson, head of the University of Denver’s school of global health affairs, told The Denver Post. “So many folks in the city of Denver have been doing the right thing. Unless there is some family emergency compelling the travel, this just seems hypocritical at a time when we need leaders to lead by example.”
Rep. Ken Buck (R-Colo.) tweeted, “Hey Siri, what is the definition of hypocrisy?”
“I don’t expect people to be perfect,” State Rep. Kyle Mullica, (D-Northglenn), told The Denver Post. “But I think there is an expectation that you essentially try to practice what you preach.”
A city spokesman told News 9 that Hancock will not be having a traditional large family dinner, but rather a small gathering with his wife and daughter so they didn’t have to fly back to Denver.
“Upon return, he will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine,” the spokesman added.
Hancock also apologized for his mixed messages.
“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone,” he said in a statement.
“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.”
Hancock isn’t the only hypocrite Democrat under fire for doing the exact opposite they lectured Americans about.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said he planned to spend Thanksgiving with his 89-year-old mother and his daughters — despite strongly telling New Yorkers to stay home for the holidays.
Within 2-hours, after a heavy backlash from outraged New Yorkers, Governor Cuomo canceled his plans.
Less than two hours after @NYGovCuomo said in a radio interview that his 89-year-old mother, Matilda, would join him for Thanksgiving, senior adviser @RichAzzopardi now says the Democratic governor’s plans have changed — he will be working on the holiday.
Full statement here —> pic.twitter.com/VzTrd0F5Ld
— Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind) November 23, 2020