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Your daily dose of hypocrisy.
On November 13th, California, Washington, and Oregon issued a joint travel restriction statement that will restrict out-of-state travel and impose self quarantine leading up to the holiday season.
In a press release, Gov. Newsom said,
“Travel increases the risk of spreading COVID-19, and we must all collectively increase our efforts at this time to keep the virus at bay and save lives.”
The statement strongly advised against all non-essential out-of-state travel.
Just three days later, and on the same day that Governor Newsom announces his consideration of “the notion of a curfew,” several California and Washington State lawmakers were on a plane headed for a political convention in Maui, Hawaii.
California state lawmakers are flying to Hawaii and partying it up with lobbyists while telling their constituents not to travel because of the coronavirus lockdown. We are being governed by hypocrites who tell us what to do and then break their own rules. This is unacceptable.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) November 17, 2020
California lawmakers: hold my🍺
— Ramin Farzaneh-Far MD (@rfsquared) November 17, 2020
Maui wowee? CA lawmakers have Super COVID-19 Immunity, so it’s totes cool for them to travel to Maui for a luxury junket. See also Gavin Newsom’s ex officio Jumbo Family-Gathering Resistance.
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) November 17, 2020
Unbelievable. Will the hypocrisy ever end from our elected leaders? First Nancy Pelosi w/ the hair salon, then Gov. Newsom w/ his private dinner with his lobbyist buddy, now we have CA lawmakers at a conference in Hawaii while YOU are told to stay home. https://t.co/VMnF13crrJ
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) November 17, 2020
Lawmakers jet to Hawaii conference with lobbyists despite travel warnings https://t.co/72yIkXBoCn
— The Washington Times (@WashTimes) November 17, 2020
Which lawmakers? The public deserve to know. California lawmakers travel to Hawaii conference amid COVID-19 travel warnings https://t.co/A7Z8L4cvfr
— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) November 17, 2020
The Independent Voter Project held its yearly four day conference at an exclusive Hawaiian resort, the Fairmont Kea Lani on the southwest shore of Maui.
The organization stated that they booked around 50 rooms and have about 120 people staying for the conference.
So here we have California lawmakers enacting strict travel guidelines for citizens and locking half the state down with rigid “purple-tier” restrictions, while a bunch of those same lawmakers are jet setting to a swanky resort in Hawaii for a conference. Yet another example of “rules for thee but not for me.”