By: Amy Jo Underwood
The mayor of Denver instructed residents to stay home and avoid travel over Thanksgiving break to slow the spread of Covid-19. Half an hour after he tweeted his statements, he boarded a plane to fly out of state for Thanksgiving.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock joined the ranks of government officials who told citizens to stay home while not following their own guidelines. According to the Denver Post, the mayor boarded a plane to Houston as he tweeted out directions for Denver residents to stay home and avoid all but necessary travel.
After public backlash and accusations of hypocrisy, Hancock stated that he apologized for sending mixed messages. He stated that he was visiting his wife and children, and acting as a husband and father instead of in his role as government official. Mayor Hancock had issued a statement that citizens should hold virtual gatherings if separated, rather than travel — a mere thirty minutes before boarding a plane to visit family in another state.
“I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel. I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.” - Denver Mayor Michael Hancock
Amy Jo Underwood writes from Alabama