A Democrat who runs a city that thrives on Colorado’s ski tourism sector apologized for acting contrary to his own guidance on containing the deadly CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock had no choice but to admit fault after being caught defying the advice he gave for Coloradans to stay home during the Thanksgiving holiday.
NBC-affiliate KUSA-TV caught the mayor catching a flight to Houston just half an hour after he told Coloradans to “avoid travel” and help prevent spreading the CCP Virus. A spokeswoman for the mayor even confirmed both Hancock and his wife had left the Centennial State.
“Pass the potatoes, not COVID [CCP Virus],” he said on Twitter.
“Stay home as much as you can, especially if you are sick.
“Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners.
“Avoid travel if you can.
“Order your holiday meal from a local eatery.
“Shop online with a small business for Black Friday.”
After the incident, Hancock adopted a much humbler tone on his social media page.
“I fully acknowledge that I have urged everyone to stay home and avoid unnecessary travel [and] I have shared how my family canceled our plans for our traditional multi-household Thanksgiving celebration,” he said on Twitter.
He openly admitted his words and actions were hypocritical and begged Denverites for forgiveness after dozens of angry replies appeared below the original pandemic advice he shared on his social media feed.
“I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone,” he said. “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 … 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.”
He explained his rationale for asking residents to stay at home and doing the opposite himself was based on an earlier misconception that it would be safer for him to travel to his two family members in Mississippi instead of vice versa.
“What I did not share but should have is that my wife and my daughter have been in Mississippi, where my daughter recently took a job,” he said. “As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver.”