The mayor of Denver was forced to apologize after he flew to Mississippi to fill his family with Thanksgiving – shortly after he called on residents to follow official advice and stay home because of the corona virus.
On Wednesday, Michael Hancock shared advice on World War Thanksgiving on Twitter and advised people to “hand over the potatoes, not Covid,” to stay home as much as possible and to definitely “avoid the trip”.
About 30 minutes later, 9News said, the Democrat ignored his own and city and federal officials ’advice by boarding a plane to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter.
The City of Colorado, which, according to Johns Hopkins University, registered 34,212 cases and 515 deaths, urged residents should only celebrate Thanksgiving with direct members of their household and not travel.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America’s leading infectious disease expert, also warned of the dangers of traveling during Thanksgiving.
Hancock apologized and said his decision was “born of my heart, not my head”.
He said, “I fully acknowledge that I have called on everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel … My wife and daughter were 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 if two family members were traveling back to Denver.
“As a civil servant whose behavior is being properly investigated for a message sent to others, I apologize to Denver residents who consider my decision to be contrary to the instruction to stay home for all but essential travel.
“As a husband and father, I made the decision, and for those who are angry and frustrated, I humbly ask them to forgive decisions that are made from my heart and not from my head.”
Angry residents – many of whom abandoned Thanksgiving travel plans – and politicians on both sides of the corridor immediately accused Hancock of hypocrisy.
Tay Anderson, Denver School Board Director tweeted: “Hey America, Denver is looking for a new mayor. (One that follows their own guidelines for Covid). Does anyone have a suggestion?
SHE he added: “How many Denverites saw their family for the holiday? I know my grandmother was sick and we could lose at any moment, but I didn’t travel to Kansas because we have to stop the spread! “
Brianna Titone, Member of the Democratic State, declared the mayor is a turkey and a “bad example”.
Lauren Boebert, the elected Republican congressman who expressed support for QAnon’s conspiracy theory, wrote: “When Denver Mayor Michael Hancock confronts his own orders, Denver residents must stop taking orders from Mayor Hancock.”
Other government officials were criticized for opposing their own coronavirus advice.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was forced to retire after announcing that he would spend Thanksgiving with his mother and daughters in Albany, despite telling his constituents to avoid such gatherings.
California Governor Gavin Newsom apologized after attending a friend’s birthday dinner earlier this month with people outside his household.