If there has been one constant throughout the two-plus months of lockdowns across the country, it is that the left-leaning leaders who impose the strictest rules have had the hardest time following them.
On Tuesday, Facebook pictures circulated of Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Dallet enjoying a boat ride with another family on a beautiful Memorial Day Weekend day. Just a week and a half earlier, though, Dallet voted to keep Wisconsin shut down until after Memorial Day Weekend. Under the rules she wanted kept in place, her boat trip would have been illegal.
In blistering dissent of the opinion reopening Wisconsin, she wrote that "Wisconsinites will pay the price" for the Court lifting the order two weeks early. Dallet also signed on to fellow liberal Justice Walsh Bradley's dissent, which blasted the majority for failing to stay its ruling so that the Evers Administration and Wisconsin Legislature could come up with a plan for "safely" re-opening the state:
The lack of a stay would be particularly breathtaking given the testimony yesterday before Congress by one of our nation's top infectious disease experts, Dr. Anthony Fauci. He warned against lifting too quickly stay-at-home orders such as embodied in Emergency Order 28. He cautioned that if the country reopens too soon, it will result in "some suffering and death that could be avoided [and] could even set you back on the road to trying to get economic recovery.”
Dallet, it seems, didn’t much care about avoiding that death and destruction because, hey, it was a warm, sunny day!
Wisconsinites by the thousands flocked to Lake Geneva on Memorial Day Weekend, and MSNBC reporter Cal Perry was there to shame them for not wearing masks… until a Wisconsite in a Davante Adams shirt walked up to his live shot and pointed out that neither his cameraman nor most of his crew were wearing masks either.
That same day, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer was forced to admit that even though she has spent months telling people to stay home, her husband tried to jump the line to get their boat in the water before Memorial Day Weekend.
Just before the holiday, she explicitly told people to stay home.
“A small spike could put the hospital system in dire straits pretty quickly,” she said. “That’s precisely why we’re asking everyone to continue doing their part. Don’t descend on [waterfront] Traverse City from all regions of the state.”
Three days later, her husband called a marina in the Traverse City area and tried to get him to let him skip the line of people trying to get their boats in the water so he could get his own boat in before Memorial Day Weekend. He even said: “I am the husband to the governor, will this make a difference?”
It didn’t. But it did explose Whitmer as a huge hypocrite.
"My husband made a failed attempt at humor last week when checking in with the small business that helps with our boat and dock up north," she said in a press conference Tuesday. "Knowing it wouldn’t make a difference, he jokingly asked if being married to me might move him up in the queue. Obviously, with the motorized boating prohibition in our early days of COVID-19, he thought it might get a laugh. It didn’t. And to be honest, I wasn’t laughing either when it was relayed to me."
But did Whitmer’s husband end up going to Traverse City in direct violation of her directives for the rest of the state? You bet he did.
"A few weeks ago we dropped the travel ban, so that if people had a second residence, it was permitted to go to a second residence. My husband did go up to our place in Antrim County and raked some leaves and came home," she admitted. "So he was there. He did not — we did not all pile in the car to go enjoy our second home, although that would have been permitted if we had. But the fact of the matter is he was there briefly, for a night I think, one or two nights, and came right back home after he raked our leaves."
The same day Michigan’s governor was forced to admit her utter hypocrisy; Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced that starting this Friday, everyone in his state will be forced to wear a mask when they leave home.
The day before, on Memorial Day, what was Northam doing? Posing for pictures on a crowded beach…without wearing a mask.
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker has issued one of the toughest lockdowns in the entire country, banning nearly all travel…except for his own family, who have spent time in Florida and at their farm in Wisconsin since Pritzker issued his travel ban. He finally admitted this hypocrisy last week.
"I just will say we have a working farm [in southern Wisconsin]," he said. "They’re there now. There are animals on that farm, that it’s an essential function to take care of animals at a farm, so that’s what they’re doing."
That weekend, Pritzker himself was spotted in Lake Geneva, in direct violation of his own non-essential travel ban.
Hypocrisy is apparently the Illinois way, though. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was so tough on lockdown violators that she personally drove around breaking up parties and recorded public service announcements telling people not to get their hair cut.
Just days after cutting that PSA, Lightfoot...got her hair cut.
In Pennsylvania, nursing homes have become the most dangerous places in the state because of the high rates of Coronavirus infections and deaths, but health officials have been telling residents for months that homes are well-equipped to handle COVID patients. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine doesn’t really believe that, though. She pulled her own mother out of her nursing home as soon as she could.
“My mother requested, and my sister and I as her children complied, to move her to another location during the COVID-19 outbreak,” she said at a news conference when asked about this apparent hypocrisy. "My mother is 95 years old. She is very intelligent and more than competent to make her own decisions."
Nursing home deaths have run rampant in New York City—just about the only thing more rampant than the hypocrisy of the city’s mayor, Bill De Blasio. In March, he shut down gyms…after going to his gym.
When his gym was eventually shut down, De Blasio needed a new place to exercise, so he took to walking in the park. No, not the park at Gracie Mansion, the official residence of New York’s mayor; he and his wife violated his own non-essential travel ban to be chauffeured 10 miles to a park in Brooklyn, where they were spotted and confronted by an outraged citizen.
COVID Hypocrisy is by no means a uniquely American affliction. In Great Britain, the author of the notorious Imperial College Model—which erroneously projected 2.2 million Coronavirus deaths in the U.S.—couldn’t follow his own guidelines and resigned in disgrace.
Dr. Neil Ferguson, whom colleagues refer to as “Dr. Lockdown,” admitted that after he himself contracted COVID-19, he broke quarantine to have his married lover over for secret trysts. When this was discovered, he was forced to quit his position as a government advisor.
“I deeply regret any undermining of the clear messages around the continued need for social distancing to control this devastating epidemic,” Mr. Ferguson said. “The government guidance is unequivocal, and is there to protect all of us.”
All of us except those who are issuing that guidance, of course. French president Emmanuel Macron has advised that everyone wear a mask at all times when in public, but he himself rarely does. On May 15th, he visited a hospital in Paris and wore his mask while talking to doctors, but removed it to talk to other employees.
In New Zealand, the country’s Health Minister David Clark broke his own lockdown order to drive 12 miles to walk along a beach with his family.
He was stripped of some of his duties as a result.
“I’ve been an idiot, and I understand why people will be angry with me,” he said in a statement.
Angry? No. Disappointed? Not really. This sort of behavior from those in power has been so common over the past two months that it’s now expected.
Rules are for the little people, not for liberals in power. For them, the rules just don’t ever seem to apply.