Rules For Thee, Not For Me: Denver Mayor Tells People To Avoid Travel, Boards Flight To Houston

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About 30 minutes before Denver mayor Michael Hancock’s flight was to leave Denver for Houston, his Twitter account sent out a message Wednesday telling his constituents to “avoid travel, if you can” and to “stay home as much as you can.”

Meanwhile, the mayor was on his way to meet up with his wife and daughter, according to KUSA-Denver.

“As he has shared, the Mayor is not hosting his traditional large family dinner this year, but instead traveling alone to join his wife and daughter where the three of them will celebrate Thanksgiving at her residence instead of having them travel back to Denver,” a statement from the mayor’s office says. “Upon return, he will follow all necessary health and safety guidance and quarantine.”

On November 18, Hancock sent out an email to city staff pleading with them to be careful: “As the holidays approach, we all long to be with our families in person, but with the continued rise in cases, I’m urging you to refrain from travel this Thanksgiving holiday. For my family that means cancelling our traditional gathering of our extended family.”

And there you have it. The mayor wants to play semantics about the meaning of “travel” and “family gatherings.” Why is “traveling alone” safe for the mayor but dire for other city staffers? Refraining from travel is refraining from travel. These morons expect you to just fall in line, like good followers.

Let’s not forget what Andrew Cuomo said this week about how he’s handling Thanksgiving. He’s having his 89-year-old mother travel to Albany. And don’t forget what Gavin Newsom did just before hammering people with lockdowns. He dined at one of America’s most expensive restaurants, breaking his own protocols.

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. In his defense, he is minimizing the travel by him flying rather than having his wife and daughter fly to meet him in Denver. Also, he did say, “if you can.” If he truly is only going to be with just his wife and daughter, can we not allow this? Who is the monster in this case? This is not an equivalent atrocity as Governor Newsom.

  2. The best way for those of us who are either Conservative or closer to the middle is to sit back, bide our time and vote when we can. The Progressives and the Democrats are going to do enough infighting to turn off those that are neutral or slightly Left leaning. They’re eating their own. Instead of jumping in and allowing the media to scrutinize our opinions like they have the past 4 years, let the media do what they do best…….pick a side and create an even bigger wedge between those 2.

  3. If this comes as a surprise to anyone, you don’t pay much attention do you? Most politicians love to make rules for everyone else, but they can do what they want. I’m sure he’ll apologize for it soon enough, after the fact. Most of the rapidly increasing number of CA transplants and 20 somethings only care how long the drive through line at In-N-Out is anyway (up to 5 hours yesterday supposedly according to a friend of my daughter).

  4. Might I recommend, this still being America, we completely ignore these imbeciles, and enjoy our thanksgivings however we please.
    I would certainly expect any respectable police officer worth his/her uniform not to answer calls breaking up people’s thanksgiving dinners tomorrow. If they do please get it on camera and post to the world.

  5. Thank-you Mayor Hancock for joining what seems to be the ever growing cast of progressive political “leaders” who have illustrated how seriously we need to respond to this pandemic. If you are personally skeptical of what is going on out there and are questioned about it, just say you are following the Newsom/ Hancock Doctrine.

    #avoid travel if you can

  6. Let me be blunt. This guy is a POS like virtually all leftist elites in positions of power. Ignore him, remove him from office , or openly rebel against him and all others like him. That is now the only answer. I’m done with these cowardly tyrants, like the one who lords over my state, or thinks she does .

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