The capacity of Democratic politicians to live under the guise of “rules for thee but not for me” is still as strong as ever. Children still risk being suspended from school if they don’t wear masks, and businesses risk being fined or shut down if they don’t comply with COVID-19 regulations. COVID is unaware that they’ve reached cruising altitude. After being barred from United Airlines for wearing a red thong as a face mask, Adam Jenne commented, “It’s silly.”
At the 49ers-Rams game on Sunday, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was seen without his mask. To comply with local health standards, supporters at SoFi Stadium must wear face masks regardless of vaccination status. Garcetti sought to justify his disregard for his own city’s mask law by claiming he was “holding his breath.”
Moreover, in September, Mayor Breed of San Francisco was spared from wearing a mask in a nightclub where covers were required under her own city’s rule. Bill de Blasio, the Mayor of New York City, justified his visit to a Brooklyn gym just before his COVID-19 guidelines took effect, stating that it was okay since he lives in “the real world.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom defended his Sunday photo with Magic Johnson at SoFi Stadium this week, claiming he was wearing a face mask. After being discovered mixing with people in Virginia Beach without a mask, then-Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said he was unprepared.
Furthermore, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spotted entering a closed hair shop for a blowout maskless in September of 2020. Eric Kious, the salon’s owner, claims he had a camera system in place for five years but didn’t turn it on when she stepped in. Pelosi remarked, “She took responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon where she has been going for years.”
When Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot opened a salon after her restrictions were lifted in March 2020, she became one of the first lockdowns to become a mascot of pandemic hypocrisy. Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary, defended President Joe Biden’s choice to remove his mask on government property shortly after signing an executive order requiring the wearing of face coverings on Inauguration Day.