- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Two days ago, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” spoke about the risks of traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Michigan and Florida are not next to each other,” she said. “But this is the time of the year that snowbirds come home from Florida, where people are going on spring break, and all of these things can contribute to spread. That’s why we’re imploring people to take this seriously, mask up, get tested.”

It was revealed on Monday that Ms. Whitmer traveled to Florida about a month ago to visit her father. Due to “ongoing security concerns,” the date of the trip wasn’t revealed, nor was the destination by her spokesperson, but it was confirmed. This comes after damaging reports of Ms. Whitmer’s staffers traveling to Florida and Alabama to vacation with their families.

Rules for thee, but not for me. 

COVID-19 lockdowns have cost our society greatly — between children not being able to go to school and many small businesses shuttering permanently. Yet, many of the Democratic lawmakers who either encouraged or mandated such lockdowns rarely followed their own rules. Below is a list of the top 10 most egregious, hypocritical actions taken by our governing overlords during this time.



  1. California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Dinner Party: Flouting his own guidelines against indoor dining and socializing, Mr. Newsom was caught at a dinner party celebration with prominent lobbyists at the haughty French Laundry in Napa Valley. Prix-fix meals can start at $450 a person, and Willie Brown wrote he heard the dinner’s wine bill alone “was $12,000.”
  2. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Blowout: At a time when salons were ordered to be closed, Mrs. Pelosi demanded a shop owner open up so she could get her hair styled. Video camera footage caught her, sans mask, walking around the salon. This, after she was advocating for a federal mask mandate.
  3. Dr. Deborah Birx’s Thanksgiving: After telling Americans that their Thanksgiving celebrations should only include “your immediate household,” then-White House COVID-19 taskforce member traveled to one of her vacation properties to celebrate with “three generations of her family who came from two different households,” according to The Associated Press.
  4. President Biden’s “Celebration”: Hours after signing an executive order mandating masks on federal property, Mr. Biden and his family were spotted without face masks at the Lincoln Memorial. His press secretary excused the behavior, explaining “he was celebrating an evening — a historic day in our country,” after the inauguration, therefore, it was OK, and we as a nation have “bigger issues to worry about.”
  5. John Kerry’s Airline Adventure: Mr. Kerry was caught on an American Airlines flight, not wearing a mask, despite the airline’s policy requiring passengers to be masked. Families and young children have been booted off of flights for similar offenses.
  6. Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s Happy Hour: She was photographed at a wine and paint night, without a mask, just days after she urged Rhode Islanders to “stay home except for essential activities and wear a mask any time you’re with people you don’t live with.”
  7. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio: Not only did he dance with his wife live in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, after shutting the entire area down to the public, he also visited his beloved gym the same day New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued a statewide mandate to close all gyms.
  8. Austin Mayor’s Cabo Vacation: Mayor Steve Adler flew private to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he filmed himself on Zoom, ordering his residents to stay home. “This is not a time to relax,” Mr. Adler said while on vacation. “We may have to close things down if we’re not careful.”
  9. Denver Mayor Tweet and Dash: Denver Mayor Michael Hancock tweeted his residents should “avoid travel, if you can,” in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the city — 30 minutes before he boarded a cross-country flight to visit with his family.
  10. Philadelphia Mayor’s Out of State Dining: Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was photographed eating without a mask indoors in neighboring Maryland. Indoor dining was prohibited in Philadelphia at the time.

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