Democrat Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney either thought the rules don’t apply to him or that he could get away with breaking them and not getting caught. On the latter score, he turned out to be dead wrong.
When Mayor Kenney crossed state borders to eat out since he shut down all indoor dining in his home city, an observant restaurant patron snapped a photo and put it up on social media. The image has gone viral as tens of millions of Americans expressed their frustration at hypocritical liberal politicians who want to play God.
At first, Mayor Kenney tried to justify his behavior by saying that the area he visited in Maryland has far fewer COVID-19 cases than his native Pennsylvania. This much is true, but it does give rise to a couple of questions.
First of all, shouldn’t someone who lives in a city with more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases stay in town rather than head out to another state and potentially spread the virus there? After all, that’s why states had lockdowns in the first place. New York and other states are quarantining travelers from areas they deem to be “COVID-19 hotspots.”
Second, if indoor dining isn’t causing a spike of COVID-19 cases in Maryland, wouldn’t it be safe to allow it in Pennsylvania as well?
In any case, the mayor quickly realized his explanation wasn’t good enough for Philadelphia’s restaurant owners and workers who are now struggling to earn a living.
This is not the first time a Democrat official has flouted COVID-19 restrictions, and it won’t be the last. House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi was recently caught mask-free at a California hair salon that wasn’t supposed to be open. Not long before that, Democrat politicians from all over the United States crowded into a church for Rep. John Lewis’ funeral while denying ordinary worshippers the ability to gather in churches to worship.
While all this has been happening, many of these same politicians are dumping on President Donald Trump for not shutting down the country to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. The hypocrisy is glaring.