Denver Mayor Michael Hancock Urged People Not To Travel for Thanksgiving Shortly Before Boarding His Flight

The mayor is traveling to Mississippi to spend the holiday with his wife and daughter.


"Do as I say, not as I do" is increasingly the motto of politicians during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Witness Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, who urged residents of his city to stay home and not travel during Thanksgiving shortly before boarding a flight to visit family for the holiday.

"Pass the potatoes, not COVID," said Hancock today in a tweet that advised people to host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners and to "avoid travel, if you can."

That tweet was posted about half an hour before Hancock was set to fly to Houston, according to Denver-area NBC affiliate 9News. The mayor's ultimate destination, they reported, is Mississippi, where he will link up with his daughter and wife for Thanksgiving.

The mayor's office said in a statement to 9News that this small gathering of immediate family is in lieu of a larger gathering of all the Hancock clan.

"As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver," the mayor's office said.

Hancock had sent an email to city staff last week urging them not to travel during the holiday and touting his own family's example of "cancelling our traditional gathering of our extended family."

On Friday, Denver public health authorities, at the behest of Colorado's state government, issued additional pandemic restrictions that include the shuttering of indoor dining at restaurants, a 10 percent capacity cap at gyms, and a 25 percent capacity cap at houses of worship.

Hancock's travels put him in the company of other politicians who've skirted the very pandemic precautions they have urged, and often required, ordinary people and businesses to comply with.

Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser traveled to Delaware to attend a celebration of President-elect Joe Biden's election victory, despite issuing health orders requiring D.C. residents to travel only for essential business, and to quarantine for 14 days when returning from high-risk states (which would include Delaware.)

Bowser has defended her Delaware trip by arguing that it involved government business and therefore counted as essential travel.

Perhaps the worst COVID-19 hypocrite is California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who attended a birthday party at a swanky Napa Valley restaurant in violation of his own COVID-19 limits on gatherings. Rising case numbers in California are prompting the closure of indoor dining in most of the state under the four-tiered reopening schedule crafted by Newsom and state public health officials.

This kind of hypocrisy on the part of politicians isn't just infuriating. It also does damage to public health, as Reason's Jacob Sullum argued last week.

"Arbitrary, ill-conceived COVID-19 restrictions are bound to provoke resistance and resentment, compounding the fatigue that undermines compliance with more sensible safeguards," wrote Sullum in a column about Newsom's night out. "That problem can only be magnified when the people telling us what to do follow a different set of rules."

Leading by example is one way that politicians could voluntarily encourage safe behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic, lessening the need for coercive restrictions. Increasingly, it appears our leaders are not up to that task.

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  1. Well there goes your political career Mr Mayor.

    Naw just kidding.

    1. Would you pass on Aunt Jemimah’s world famous chitlins during Thanksgiving?

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      2. Ha ha ha! The Mayor of Denver is a big hypocrite, since he’s boarding a plane to go somewhere, while he’s telling others not to travel during the Thanksgiving holiday.

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    2. He’s the ultimate proof that Denver is Portland East now; this guy is considered a political moderate there.

      1. Hmmmm. Why did a libertarian-ish Colorado turn into a tankie Democrat stronghold? Really gets the noggin’ joggin’.

        1. People escaping California, but bringing the progressovirus with them.

          1. That’s part of it, but the biggest reason was the general growth of the tech industry and the correlated rise of the yuppie liberal class along the Front Range. Polis was actually a critical piece in that because he was part of the funding coalition that began the turn in the 2006 mid-terms, which is really when it started. This is the class that basically runs the party now, as well, as it embodies the “diversity at a distance” political tokenist, consoooooooomer-obsessed, hedonistic, anti-working class paradigm of the Democrats that’s increasingly taken hold since the Information Age began.

            Denver’s mostly been run by Democrats for well over 100 years, but it was mostly a moderate, libertarianish, business-friendly wing of the party until the last 10 years or so.

            1. Basically, the Boulder County Democrats were the vector for the disease, with the ski resort towns acting as a secondary infection source.

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            2. Denver’s mostly been run by Democrats for well over 100 years, but it was mostly a moderate, libertarianish, business-friendly wing of the party until the last 10 years or so.

              You just described American history.

              1. Eh, they came pretty close to going full commie in the 30s. Prepping for a war changed their calculus a bit.

                1. Also, during the territorial and early days of statehood, the state government was controlled by the Klan.

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    3. This is his last term as Mayor here so he doesn’t care. I doubt he goes anywhere else for politics. He doesn’t have the support to be doing anything else. He only won reelection because the person running against was worse than him.

      1. His “wife” LIVES IN MISSISSIPPI?

        There is SO MUCH (strategically) left out of his proclamations about himself.

        Lying by omission. A popular sport.

  2. Some animals are just a little more equal than others.

    1. Voters count as three-fifths of a politician.

    2. “The creatures outside looked from Democrat to Aristocrat, and from Aristocrat to Democrat, and from Democrat to Aristocrat again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.”

      1. Beautiful paraphrase of Orwell’s Animal Farm.

  3. You common rubes should do what he says, and just be thankful that he didn’t charter a private jet at your expense.


    1. Haha, they’re actually pretty pissed at him. He and former mayor Pena got into a slapfight with the Denver Public School board after the superintendent resigned, claiming the radical left members of the board pushed her out.

    2. These blue state hypocrites are absolutely loathesome.

      I was not displeased to see Phailing Phil Murphy hear directly from his constituents recently. Here is hoping he hears much more, up close and personally.

      1. In my local paper, there was a LOT of pearl-clutching over the MEANNESS of confronting the governor while at dinner. The Governor can kill thousands of Nannies and Pop-pops in nursing homes, but it’s RUDE to cuss at him, when he’s having dinner with his family!

    3. In truth he is to be commended for flying commercial and minding his carbon footprint.

      Climate over Covid

  4. As angrifying as all these things are, I secretly applaud because the more and faster they eat their own, the sooner sanity will be restored. These elections surprised me in their rebuke of socialism, even though they did elect Biden by the same slim margin Trump won four years ago.

    I believe the 2022 elections will bring a GOP majority in the House and turn the next two years into a big do-nothing for Biden, further scaring Harris from wanting to take over from Joe.

    Biggest question for me is what Trump will do and what Republicans will do.

    1. I await the future Democrat part civil war and the apparatchik purges when the neo-liberal center left liquidate the progressive wing.

      1. The neo-liberals aren’t going to be able to get that monster back in its cage.

    2. It’s cute that you think there will be elections in 2022

      1. Hey, a ballot with candidates from only one party is still an election, right?

  5. Honestly, are all Progs just idiots or do they just think the rest of us are? Or both?

    1. I don’t think they even care what the little people think. They suffer no negative consequences for it, so they never feel the need.

      1. This kind of hypocrisy on the part of politicians isn’t just infuriating.

        It’s not hypocrisy when you just don’t give a shit what the peasantry thinks.

        1. Merriam-Webster: “a feigning to be what one is not or to believe what one does not : behavior that contradicts what one claims to believe or feel.” Hypocrisy is still hypocrisy even if you don’t care whether anyone cares whether you’re hypocritical.

  6. “As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver,” the mayor’s office said.

    I always wonder what is up with people electing carpetbaggers to local offices.

    McCain, Bush, etc.

    1. He was the only Black person in Denver so the progressive white voters had to give him the job!

      1. Denver’s actually pretty ethnically segregated, to be honest. Most of the black population lives in the northeast parts of town into Montbello, the Hispanics dominate the north and west side, while the white upper middle classes are along the south side of town. There’s some areas of gentrification that popped up during this last population boom, but that’s largely how things have been settled since the start of the busing era, when there was massive white flight out of the city.

        1. Montbello is finally starting to be gentrified (thanks gays!)- it was pretty rough back in the day.

    2. HW Bush moved to Texas immediately after graduating from Yale and W grew up in Texas until he was shipped out to boarding school for his Ivy League prep, you fucking midwit.

    3. What is a “carpetbagger”? Someone who moves from one place to another?

    4. McCain and Bush were not carpetbaggers. The Bush family had long ties to Texas; HW moved there with Barbara in the 1950s to work in the oil business. McCain grew up in Virginia but then spent a couple decades in the military and as a POW before settling in Arizona because that’s where his second wife lived.

      You want carpetbaggers? Hillary running for Senate from New York. Heck, Bobby Kennedy running for Senate from New York. Now *those* are carpetbaggers.

      1. It’s always projection with the leftists. Deep down they know they are dirty nasty people.

  7. Credible leadership on the pandemic pretty much flew out the window with this summer’s protests.

    1. You call Donald Trump’s leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic credible?!? I sure as hell don’t! In fact, credible leadership during the Covid-19 virus pandemic has been absolutely and totally non-existent during Donald Trump’s Presidency. Not only did he fire the members of the government anti-pandemic coalition, but he deliberately dismissed Covid-19 as a hoax, and lied to the American people about its danger, and he did nothing about it back in December of 2019 and January/February of 2020, when there was still a chance to contain and control the Covid-19 virus. Subsequently, Thanks to Donald Trump, the Covid-19 pandemic is running rampant and out of control here in the United States and throughout many other parts of the world, and roughly a quarter of a million American lives have been lost, unnecessarily, to the Covid-19 virus pandemic.

      1. “You call Donald Trump’s leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic credible?!? I sure as hell don’t!…”

        As a lefty shit with TDS, this surprises no one.

      2. How is Trump responsible for the death rate in Belgium, India and Peru?

        And what would you have done better in the US?

  8. congratulations mr. mayor on your successful shame gland removal surgery. you are medically shameless and now free to travel as you see fit. we’ll be right behind you you dickhead

  9. Chicago’s mayor and the Illinois governor have out-of-state plans after issuing draconian fascist lock-down edicts for the “rest of the population.” Their willingness to use the police state to enforce their demands in an indication of extreme malice on their part.

  10. I think it’s far worse to merely downplay COVID dangers than to jam the danger knob to factor 11 and then simply sneak around behind your constituents’ back.s

    The former is an existential threat to American Democracy, the latter only matters if you get caught, and then as long as you have a good twitter PR campaign helped by an indifferent or supporting media, it’ll blow over.

    1. Deliberately downplaying the dangers of Covid-19, however, is precisely what Donald Trump did, not only putting tons and tons of people in danger from Covid-19, but also resulting in the unnecessary loss of a quarter of a million American lives.

      1. The behavior of Gavin Newsom is all I need to know about the real dangers of Covid.

      2. “…but also resulting in the unnecessary loss of a quarter of a million American lives.”

        And have a raging case of TDS besides.

      3. How many of those people would be alive today if you were in charge, and what, specifically would you have done differently?

  11. Do as I say, not as I do.
    ~Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Andrew Cuomo, Diane Feinstein and now Michael Hancock.

  12. If Obama had a brother, he’d be Michael Hancock. They even look down their (literal) noses at us identically.

  13. If it’s not evil retarded and hypocritical it’s not progressive

  14. Human beings are always prone to do as I say not as I do, especially those with power and priviledge.

    1. Oh, really?!? Not always, though.

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  16. This is what you evil pieces of shit voted for. Enjoy it.

  17. Everybody who is surprised stand on your head.

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  19. Sorry to be negative here, but this is the best that Reason, I mean Vox Light, can do? How about a roundup article of all politicians across the country doing this for the holiday; especially those hypocritical politicians that are mandating lockdowns and restrictions. But instead of hitting the big names, we get an article about the major of Denver; which is basically a no-name and not seeking re-election. F-

    1. Not so much Vox Light as an on deck circle for all things leftist.

    2. Jason A- Do you mean how the leftist media point out all the bad behavior of the left and right equally? Yea, right. You are always eager to have the non-leftist media be equally revealing of the shortcomings of all politicians but CNN and the rest get a mulligan? GIVE MNE A BREAK! Lets take a survey and see how many times the leftist media uses the phrase “falsely claims” when referring to claims from the leftist politicians? – NEVER! That MUST mean those politicians NEVER LIE or commit gross hyperbole doesn’t it?

      1. Ugh, not sure who you’re talking about man. I’m not a left leaning MSM-sucking, pretend Libertarian. I give Reason grief, regularly, for being part of the MSM. Which they are, sadly. I don’t much talk about “right leaning” media. Maybe you’ve not read my post here correctly and are associating me with somebody else?

      2. For giggles, D- for poor reading comprehension.

    3. Reason already published an OP about Gavin Newsom. I guess you missed that.

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  21. It does not matter what side of the aisle 95% of all politicians are Rat feces!

    1. They represent some oligarchic interest. These are competing and chaotic. Hitler had the views and support of 20 families. They did great during the war, and even afterwards. Clinton was Tyson. Reagan was Cali real estate. Bush was oil interest. Obama was Soros. Trump was Trump and had to be taken down. Biden is tech billionaires. Sanders was Soros and was beaten in 5 minutes in South Carolina. Gone.

  22. Hancock should be confined to his room. He is a super spreader of Chinese Communist Party interests.

  23. Half of you crazy crazies seem to miss the point that hypocrisy is bad, no matter who leads the charge. Of course we don’t even bother to mention the Republicans or Trump because that is tired and old news, but they are nuts and totally hypocritical as well. Both parties are morally bankrupt. In fact, inherently power corrupts. People are hypocrites whether they are rich or poor. My neighbors, who are not rich, have parties all the time. Which is why we need limited government!

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