Austin’s Democratic mayor has joined the growing list of hypocritical elected officials refusing to follow their own COVID-19 guidance — urging his constituents to “stay home” while on vacation in the Mexican resort town of Cabo San Lucas.
In a Nov. 9 Facebook video message, Austin Mayor Steve Adler told residents in the Lone Star State not to travel amid surging coronavirus infections.
“Our numbers are increasing and everybody has to be aware of that and we need to, you know, stay home if you can,” he said.
“Do everything you can to try to keep the numbers down. This is not the time to relax,” he went on.
But Adler failed to mention that he was dishing out the advice from a vacation in Cabo San Lucas which he travelled to on a private jet, according to a report by ABC affiliate KVUE.
Adler confirmed to the publication that he was vacationing with eight people in Mexico after hosting his daughter’s wedding in Austin several days earlier and tried to defend the move, saying all of the guests had taken rapid COVID-19 tests.
KVUE reported that Adler’s daughter’s wedding, which was attended by 20 guests, also flouted coronavirus restrictions set by Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott, which stipulated gatherings of more than 10 people be avoided.
In a statement, Adler apologized for setting a “bad example.”
“I regret this travel. I wouldn’t travel now, didn’t over Thanksgiving and won’t over Christmas,” he said.
California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was also forced to apologize after photos emerged of him enjoying a mask-less dinner with friends at posh Napa Valley restaurant French Laundry.
The dinner for 12 flouted his own coronavirus safety protocols where Newsom lectured Californians to don face masks and not to gather in larger numbers to contain the spread of COVID-19.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that San Francisco Mayor London Breed also dined at French Laundry just three days before banning indoor dining in her own city.
A mask-free House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D. Calif) was also filmed having her hair done in August in spite of local coronavirus rules barring indoor personal-care services.
In a briefing on Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany railed against officials for not following their own advice as many Americans were told to stay home over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Quite clearly, these Democrats do not follow their own edicts. They act in a way that their own citizens are barred from acting,” McEnany said.
“These images behind me makes clear Democrats’ mindset: ‘Rules for the, but not for me,’” she continued, showing images of Newsom at dinner and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at a crowded rally celebrating Joe Biden’s election victory.