Democratic Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is the epitome of disgraceful politicians who use their position of power simply to prove they, in fact, have all the power. Leading up to Thanksgiving, Denver COVID-19 restrictions got tighter and tighter. To show the severity and how important it is to take precautions seriously, mayor Hancock tweeted the following:
“Pass the potato, 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.” The statements were accompanied by an image that went into greater detail on each precaution, such as “only socialize in person with people you live with” under “host virtual gatherings.”
Here’s what that tweet did not explain; it was posted only 30 minutes before the mayor himself took off on a flight to Houston. Imagine, a mayor’s Twitter handle tells citizens it’s too dangerous to fly, insinuating if they choose to, they are guilty of aiding in the deadly spread of a pandemic, all while the mayor himself was sitting at an airport waiting to board a flight.
The development is particularly enraging adding that Mayor Hancock sent an email on November 18 to city staff stating, “as the holidays approach, we all long to be with our families in person, but with the continued rise in cases, I’m urging you to refrain from travel this Thanksgiving holiday. For my family that means canceling our traditional gathering of our extended family.”
Somewhere, somehow, someone was determined to not let the mayor get away with his hypocritical actions, forcing him to issue the following statement just after 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving day:
“I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel I have shared how my family canceled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration. What I did not share, but should have, is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job, As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.
…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. I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.”
This may be the most insulting “apology” ever produced by a politician. What about all the other husbands and fathers who do not have the luxury of making decisions “borne” of the “heart” and not “head” because of politicians like you, Mayor Hancock, who will punish them for making the very decision you did?