Austin Mayor Tells People to Stay Home (From His Timeshare in Cabo)
We’ve seen a lot of hypocrisy from busybody Democratic leaders in recent months. Who can forget the shots of Nancy Pelosi strutting through a salon (sans mask) when businesses in San Francisco were closed to the public? And then there was Gov. Gavin Newsom of California, who happily attended a party at a fancy French restaurant while demanding an end to in-person dining. Or San Francisco Mayor London Breed, who dined at the very same restaurant the next night while calling for people to stay home. The list is ever-growing.
And even in the midst of all this hypocrisy, one guy may have managed to take the cake. That’s Austin Mayor Steve Adler, who recorded a video in early November urging his constituents to pay attention to coronavirus guidelines, avoid unnecessary travel, and just stay home.
“We need to stay home if you can,” he said in the video. “This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”
The only problem? Adler recorded the video from his family timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, a day after hosting a wedding reception with 20 guests for his daughter in downtown Austin. After the reception, Adler and a group of wedding attendees jetted off for Mexico. And in the midst of all this merriment, he took time out to film a video warning Austin residents that if they didn’t stop living their lives during the pandemic, doggone it, we’re going to shut the whole city down!
“As he pressed the public to help stop the spread of the coronavirus in recent weeks, Adler had not previously disclosed details of his private actions. He gave no indication in his Facebook video that he was outside the city as he discussed Austin’s rising number of cases and reviewed the number of hospital patients,” reports the Austin American-Statesman.
After being confronted with this evidence, Adler apologized…sort of.
“I regret this travel,” he said in a statement. “My fear is that this travel, even having happened during a safer period, could be used by some as justification for risky behavior. In hindsight, and even though it violated no order, it set a bad example for which I apologize.”
According to the American-Statesman article, Adler went out of his way to get the wedding receptions guests tested, everyone was given masks, the party was held outdoors, etc., etc. Great. Fine. The fact remains that these Democrats feel empowered to basically threaten their residents that there will be harsh consequences for going out and having fun…right before (or during!) their own partying. That’s not right.