Every Politician Who Broke His or Her Own COVID-19 Rules

Exposing the nation’s worst hypocrites

Every Politician Who Broke His or Her Own COVID-19 Rules

Ever wonder how politicians feel about COVID-19 rules? As winter looms, the nation’s policymakers are constantly imposing new rules and regulations. But do they follow the rules themselves? Here we expose the nation’s leading hypocrites.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

This spring, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi broke COVID-19 restrictions to get a haircut. She then claimed she was unaware that salons were closed:

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I have been to many times,” the Speaker explained. “When they said they could accommodate people one at a time, and we can set up that time, I trusted that.”

“As it turns out, it was a setup. So I take responsibility for falling for a setup,” she said. “The salon owes me an apology for setting me up.”

Turns out the nation’s leading policy maker is not in the business of learning laws.

California Governor Gavin Newsom 

Last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom made headlines when he attended a dinner at the French Laundry, a popular California restaurant. The dinner appeared to be partially indoors. Many Californians were upset that their governor, who has imposed some of the nation’s strictest lockdowns, broke his own laws by traveling to dine with large groups.

Governor Newsom later apologized, saying that he needed “to preach and practice” his own policies, “not just preach and not practice.”

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo 

Andrew Cuomo had already encouraged citizens to stay home for Thanksgiving when he dropped his own holiday plans on an afternoon radio show. The governor explained that his mother and two daughters were coming for Thanksgiving dinner. After realizing his mistake, Cuomo quickly canceled his plans.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot 

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot

Maylor Lightfoot also broke COVID-19 rules to get her haircut. When caught in violation of the law, Mayor Lightfoot didn’t even try to apologize. “I’m the public face of this city,” she explained. “I’m on national media, and I’m out in the public eye.” Apparently her status as mayor means violating the law in order to make her hair look good.

Her comments may have satisfied reporters, but citizens quickly took to Twitter to express their frustration. Needless to say, Chicago women were not happy to discover that their mayor considered her hair a special exception.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed 

Mayor Breed is the second politician to break COVID-19 rules to attend the French Laundry. The San Francisco mayor was seen at the restaurant for the birthday celebration for a Californian socialite. The area was partially indoors, and it was unclear whether visitors socially distanced. The party took place only one night after Gov. Newsom’s own visit to the restaurant. In fact, the party was hosted in the same room as Newsom’s fundraiser. Mayor Breed later admitted that her decision was unwise.

Austin Mayor Steve Adler 

This one’s so sad it’s almost funny. Last month, the mayor of Austin, Steve Adler, released a video urging residents to stay home for Thanksgiving. The sad part – the clip was filmed from a beachside Mexican resort, where Adler himself was vacationing with several guests. Austin residents were enraged when they discovered they’d been duped.

The incident was the second time the Austin mayor flouted his own advice. Shortly before leaving the country, Adler hosted a giant wedding for his daughter. Though outdoors, the wedding was a larger gathering than was legal in the city of Austin.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser 

Mayor Bowser violated her own COVID-19 regulations this November. The rule-bending occurred after the D.C. mayor traveled to Delaware to celebrate Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. At the time, anyone returning to D.C. from a COVID-19 hotspot was required to quarantine. Though Delaware was designated as a hotspot, Bowser declined to do so, citing the celebration as an essential visit.

I’m a person who, I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?

— Mayor Lightfoot

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney 

Jim Kenney was forced to apologize for dining inside a restaurant this summer. At the time, laws forbid eating indoors at restaurants.

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock 

Michael Hancock is yet another mayor who traveled for Thanksgiving, despite telling city residents not to do so. He later apologized for flying to Mississippi to visit his wife and daughter, calling the decision a “mistake.” He asked the people of Denver to forgive him and pleaded with them not to make his mistakes.

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo 

Mayor Liccardo follows a long line of Californian politicians that have decided rules are for little people. After weeks of dissuading others from visiting family, Liccardo proceeded to attend his parents’ Thanksgiving dinner. The friendly get-together was attended by at least five other families.

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl 

LA County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl was spotted dining at a favorite restaurant shortly after voting to close outdoor eating in the city.