This is becoming a theme for 2020. Politicians hand down edicts about Covid-19 and then immediately violate the rules themselves.
Gavin Newsom, as well as the head of the California Medical Association, Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Lori Lightfoot, are among the ever-growing list of politicians (especially Democrat politicians) who are unwilling to follow their own rules regarding Covid restrictions.
So, it's time to bring in our old friend DJ Khaled.
Thanks again to local investigative reporting we can add another California official, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, to the list of "Restrictions for thee and not for me" politicians that don't see the point in practicing what they preach.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo appears to have broken health protocols in celebrating Thanksgiving with family members outside of his own household.
The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned Liccardo celebrated with his elderly parents at their Saratoga home with an unknown number of other guests. While the mayor's staff did confirm the dinner took place, they have not disclosed how many other people attended, how many different households were present, and whether any of those in attendance wore masks while not eating.
The city, county, and mayor himself urged citizens to celebrate Thanksgiving at home only with immediate family. Here was the mayor's message before the holiday.
I guess that Mayor Sam thinks that "some animals are more equal than others" as he didn't take his own advice.
In one of the most misguided attempts at damage control, the mayor's Chief of Staff, Jim Reed, made this statement to the Bay Area NBC Affiliate:
"This is a private event – not public," said Jim Reed, Liccardo's Chief of Staff. "We are going to redraw the line between what is personal and what is public because that line has become blurred."
Reed repeated that same statement several times when asked to provide more details about the event, including the number of people in attendance and the types of safety precautions taken.
According to Chief of Staff Reed, the mayor and public officials are entitled to their own private lives and shouldn't be criticized for personal decisions. However, Reed and Mayor Liccardo don't seem to realize that all of their edicts, rules, messages, are all aimed at private citizens making personal decisions in THEIR OWN PRIVATE LIVES.
But, normal citizens are not entitled to that luxury.
The 2020 word of the year HAS to be hypocrisy. It seems like every day there's a new story of a hypocritical politician who thinks they are better than the people who put them in power. And people are getting fed up with it.