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Hypocritical Politicians Violate Their Own Coronavirus Restrictions

The rules should not just apply to the little people.

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After Joe Biden's inauguration, he ordered everyone on federal lands to wear a mask. That night, he and his family posed for pictures at the Lincoln Memorial—none of them wearing a mask.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom told Californians it's "essential" to avoid "mixing with people outside of your household." Then he had dinner with lots of people outside his household, without masks.

You can see the mask-less governor and the Biden family in my new video.

Newsom did apologize for attending "a friend's birthday party." Maybe you heard about that. But you might not know that the restaurant charges $800 for dinners or that the governor's "friend" is a lobbyist, a politically connected "fixer" who helps select Hollywood businesses get exemptions from government shutdowns.

Restaurant owner Angela Marsden, instead of hiring an expensive lobbyist, spent her money building an outdoor patio that complied with COVID-19 regulations. But then the state shut down even outdoor dining.

"I'm losing everything," she cried in a viral video.

But the business right next door wasn't shut down. NBC's TV show, Good Girls, was allowed to set up a dining area right outside her restaurant.

"She doesn't have a powerful team of lobbyists to argue on her behalf in the state's capital," points out Jarrett Stepman, a reporter who covers politicians' hypocrisy for The Daily Signal.

California gives him plenty of fodder. San Francisco Mayor London Breed went to a party at that fancy restaurant, too.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi got her hair done when California salons were closed.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves held three Christmas parties, violating his executive order limiting the number of people at gatherings.

When a reporter asked, "How is that not in conflict with the order?" Reeves responded that his parties "send a message to the people of Mississippi that you can return to a life that is somewhat normal."

But "the people" can't. Only politicians get to do that.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo attended a wine and paint event, just days after tweeting, "Stay home except for essential activities & wear a mask."

Even after a photo showed her at the event, Biden nominated Raimondo to be secretary of Commerce.

"Instead of being booted out, they get a promotion," complains Stepman.

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered a 14-day quarantine for anyone going to several states, including Delaware, for "nonessential" activity. Then she went to Delaware for a Biden victory celebration, something that strikes me as about as "nonessential" as it gets.

"I do a lot of things to advance the interests of the District of Columbia," was Bowser's arrogant defense. "All of them are necessary."

If politicians do it, it's always necessary. Rules are for the little people.

In Chicago, after politicians ordered salons closed, Mayor Lori Lightfoot still went to one for a haircut.

She defended her decision, saying: "I'm out in the public eye. I take my personal hygiene very seriously."

Stepman says Lightfoot is a "double hypocrite" because "she was seen attending Election Day parties and giant street festivals not wearing a mask."

The Heritage Foundation tracks such political hypocrisy, calling it "COVID Hypocrisy." As I write, they're up to 57 examples of "Rules for thee, but not for me."

Stepman concludes, "It's up to us to say, 'You're either going to follow these rules, change these rules, or we're going to throw you out.'"

Throwing out these hypocrites would be a good start.

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      https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/21/trump-doesnt-wear-coronavirus-mask-to-ford-plant.html

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      Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel had said that Trump had a “legal responsibility” under state law to wear a mask when he visited the plant.

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  6. Anybody notice that Stossel fails to mention that everybody he mentioned is a Democrat?

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    2. It goes without saying. I’m sure you can find Republicans ordering regular folks how to behave and violating their own orders. CNN and MSNBC probably has a montage as large as Heritage Foundation and Fox, although I haven’ found it yet.

      1. Perhaps it is more difficult to find Republicans violating their own orders because Republicans issued fewer such orders…

    3. There was a token Republican, the governor of Mississippi

  7. It’s not hypocrisy if you truly do believe that laws are for the little people but not for the aristocracy such as yourself. Which many of these people obviously do. And when you spend years being treated like royalty it’s not hard to imagine that rules don’t apply to you. When’s the last time Nancy Pelosi had to swing by the gas station to fill up her car? When’s the last time Chuck Schumer woke up and had to scrounge through the laundry for a clean pair of socks? When’s the last time Mitch McConnell stopped by the store to pick up a loaf of bread on his way home? When’s the last time Lindsay Graham got a reminder notice because he forgot to pay the bill last month? It never happens because these people have staff that do that sort of mundane shit for them, they never have to even think of it. It’s easy to forget the hundreds of things normal people have to do for themselves every damn day when you never see it being done.

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  8. And let’s not forget the videos of politicians getting vaccinated, although they don’t meet any of the CDC’s criteria for priority vaccinations. Their excuse, “We want to show it’s safe and doesn’t hurt”.

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  11. So?

    Many politicians are lying hypocrites. What’s new? They get reëlected for being so,

    Excerpt from the novel, Retribution Fever:

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    “Can political lying be eliminated?” we asked ourselves.
    “No,” we answered.
    “Can political lying be minimized?”
    “Yes,” we answered.
    “How?”
    Via proper management of context and consequences . . . specifically, political consequences. Most politicians had lied because, in the political context prior to Retribution Fever, the consequence of deceit was reward; whereas, the consequence of candor was punishment.

  12. Stepman concludes, “It’s up to us to say, ‘You’re either going to follow these rules, change these rules, or we’re going to throw you out.'”

    Even if we do throw them out, it won’t do any good. The only choice we will be given for replacing them is another set of equally hypocritical assholes.

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  14. You know who else violated his own restrictions?

  15. Polticians are superior, that’s why they are entitled to rule, don’t ya know. If you don’t want to elect hypocrites, don’t elect anyone.

  16. As admittedly bad as is hypocrisy, it is no excuse or license for mimicking the same idiotic behavior as the hypocrite. Inherent in the charge of hypocrisy is the knowledge that not only is the hypocrite’s admonishment against it disingenuous but that the behavior itself is idiotic.

    1. The behavior in and of itself IS idiotic.

      If it were not, the people proclaiming how dangerous it is to do something WOULD NOT DO IT.

      I do not say “playing Russian roulette is stupid” then get caught with a gun with a spinning cylinder against my head.

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  18. It’s your future. If you want to worry about politicians being hypocritical, fantastic, but it has nothing to do with fixing the problem. Politicians didn’t want to be here any more than you do. Also, they’re human. Sometimes, when Republicans get really excited about someone, they’re subhuman. Have the expectations you already have, and you can focus on fixing the deadly global pandemic.

    1. “Politicians didn’t want to be here any more than you do.”

      Explains the constant begging for the job they have…

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