2020 Hypocrisy: Here’s a list of lawmakers who all got busted violating their own lockdown rules

CALIFORNIA- Several democratic leaders have ordered strict lockdowns over the COVID-19 pandemic, forcing businesses to close and ordering families not to gather during the holidays.

People might be able to stomach those restrictions better if those who are making the rules abided by them as well. Sadly, that is not the case for many democratic leaders.

One of those leaders busted violating his own restrictions is none other than Democratic California Governor Gavin Newsom. Newsom has been calling on indoor dining, among other things, to be shut down, supposedly over fear of the spread of the virus. 

However, in November he attended a birthday party for a friend, Jason Kinney, at a very prestigious restaurant called the French Laundry. Someone at the event felt this was inappropriate and took a photograph of Newsom with his family and friends who were all sitting at a large table enjoying dinner. 

After he was busted, Newsom said:

“While our family followed the restaurant’s health protocols and took safety precautions, we should have modeled better behavior and not joined the dinner.”

Another democratic political leader caught violating restrictions she laid down for her city, was none other than San Francisco Mayor London Breed. Breed ordered businesses and restaurants to close over supposed fears of spreading the virus.

Yet Breed was also spotted dining at the French Laundry on November 7th, the day after Newsom was there. Breed was there to celebrate the birthday of Gorretti Lo Lui with a number of other people.

While the utter hypocrisy seems to be lost on the democratic political leaders, it was not lost on Melinda Jackson, a political science professor at San Jose State University. 

She said:

“We’re all really feeling the strain of this, but there is really that element of hypocrisy. So many who are struggling right now, and then you see them going to these very fancy social affairs and messing with folks outside their immediate bubble.”

While one would think that this bad behavior would encourage others not to follow, that is not the case, at least not for the Los Angeles Supervisor of Elections, Sheila Kuehl. A few weeks back, Kuehl attended a vote in which she pushed for the banning of outdoor dining.

Kuehl stated that she felt that outdoor dining increased the risk of the wait staff obtaining the virus. However, right after voting to ban outdoor dining, Kuehl was seen eating at an Italian restaurant, outdoors. 

We now come to Democratic Rhode Island Governor Gina Ralmondo, who ordered residents to stay home unless travel was essential. Yet, four days after telling her residents to stay home, she was captured in a photograph at a wine bar – without a face mask. 

While some could say that there might have been an “essential” meeting that took place while at the wine bar, that does not appear to be the case. According to the person who took the photograph, Erica Oliveras, Ralmondo and her husband were attending a “wine and paint” event.

Next up is Democratic Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser. Bowser closed down businesses and churches over fears of the pandemic spreading. She also ordered all residents to stay home and not travel unless it was “essential.”

Yet, when it came to taking her own advice and orders, she decided it was necessary to travel to Delaware to attend an election celebration for Democratic President-Elect Joe Biden. When her office was asked why she elected to take the trip to essentially attend a party, her office stated that the trip was “essential business.”

One of the best violators, humor wise, is current Democratic Austin Mayor Steve Adler. Adler had come out on Twitter telling citizens that they need to stay home and not travel for the holidays. While this may seem like a normal thing for democratic leaders, what made it humorous was that he made the post…while in Cabo

Adler later admitted that he filmed the lockdown video while in another country for his daughter’s wedding. He later apologized for not following his own restrictions.

The next highlighted democratic leader that fails to abide by her own orders and recommendations is current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi called for shutdowns over the pandemic, yet was caught on camera going to a salon to get her hair done. When called out on the hypocrisy of her actions, instead of admitting her mistake, she instead insisted that the salon owner set her up. 

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LA County Supervisor Kuehl seen dining outdoors hours after voting to ban outdoor dining

December 1, 2020

SANTA MONICA, CA – L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl reportedly dined at an outdoor restaurant in Santa Monica, hours after casting a decisive vote to ban outdoor dining in the county. The ban was due to a coronavirus spike that the county and state are reportedly experiencing.

Bill Melugin of local Fox affiliate KTTV-11 reported Monday:

During Tuesday’s L.A. County Board of Supervisors meeting, Kuehl referred to outside dining as “a most dangerous situation” over what she described as a risk of tables of unmasked patrons potentially exposing their servers to the coronavirus.

Kuehl argued at the meeting:

“This is a serious health emergency and we must take it seriously. The servers are not protected from us, and they’re not protected from their other tables that they’re serving at that particular time, plus all the hours in which they’re working.”

Kuehl voted to support restricting outdoor dining in Los Angeles County, which the Board of Supervisors passed by a 3-2 margin.

Apparently, Supervisor Kuehl’s outrage and concern did not apply to herself, or to the owners and servers at one of her favorite eateries. Just hours after voting for the outdoor dining ban, she made her way to Il Forno Trattoria, an Italian restaurant near her house in Santa Monica. There, she was seen dining outdoors, putting all those servers in a “dangerous situation” by waiting on her.

Managers at the restaurant told Fox 11’s Bill Melugin that they “didn’t want to get involved,” and a spokesperson for Kuehl provided the following statement: 

“She did dine alfresco at Il Forno on the very last day it was permissible. She loves Il Forno and has been saddened to see that, like so many restaurants, suffer from a decline in revenue. She ate there, taking appropriate precautions, and sadly will not dine there again until our public health orders permit.” 

Kuehl’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Social media users were quick to criticize Kuehl’s “outrageous” behavior, with some even calling for her resignation.

One Twitter user wrote:

As a restaurant employee who has been affected by her vote, this is infuriating…There needs to be accountability from the voters on this!!!”

Another said if Kuehl believed dining outdoors was dangerous, she should not have been dining out herself. 

A third user wrote in frustration:

“Our CA political ‘leaders’ have shown nothing but hypocrisy & utter contempt for their constituents time and time again.”

However, several others did point out that Kuehl’s meal out did not break any rules because it was before the ban came into effect.

Fellow Supervisor Janice Hahn, who voted against the outdoor dining ban, told KTTV’s Elex Michaelson that the danger of public officials doing what they have told constituents not to do is resulting in the public “beginning to lose the trust of the public.”

Hahn said there was not sufficient scientific evidence to support the ban on outdoor dining, given the economic cost before the holidays.

Los Angeles County shut down outdoor dining for three weeks, effective Nov. 25. The order was issued before Thanksgiving amid a rising number of cases and hospitalizations. It is expected to remain in place for at least three weeks.

Some health officials admitted that there is no specific scientific evidence to back up claims of a direct link between outdoor dining and the recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

L.A. County Health Officer Dr. Muntu Davis said that the “best information we have that’s very specific to restaurants” was a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that targeted 11 different outpatient health care facilities in 10 states. The study found that patients with coronavirus were twice as likely to have dined out at a restaurant.

The study did not provide specific data distinguishing between infection rates among outdoor versus indoor dining, the report said. It was also conducted on a larger scale, rather than specifically to the Los Angeles County community.

Board of Supervisors Chair Kathryn Barger claims the ban is an overreach by the government. Barger, who favored overturning the decision, has said that data from the Department of Public Health showed only 10% to 15% of positive cases reported had come from dining out with someone who tested positive, while more than 50% reported being at a private social gathering with someone who tested positive.

Barger said:

“For [Dr. Davis] to say that they’re depending on the CDC when we’ve been doing this for seven months and, in fact, have been doing inspections that we don’t have data, and yet we are targeting one industry and saying with the number of cases rising we are going to set [restaurants] down to me is irresponsible.”

She went on to explain:

“It’s frustrating to me that we are doing something that has no correlation to the surge, none. We know what it is. It is public gatherings. And by closing restaurants, many of these people that have reservations are going to go where? Gatherings with other families because many of them didn’t have any plans. So, I think it’s going to have the complete opposite effect.”

On Friday, L.A. County – the U.S.’s most populous – announced a new stay-at-home measure, banning most gatherings but stopping short of a full lockdown.  

As of early Tuesday, at least 381,535 total confirmed coronavirus cases and 7,249 deaths have been reported, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

Meanwhile, California Governor Gavin Newsom on Monday said a “drastic” new lockdown order might be necessary if coronavirus cases continue to surge.

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