If there is one thing that has become crystal clear amid COVID-19, it’s that far too many of our nation’s elected officials exhibit a “rules for thee, but not for me” attitude.
Case in point: a photograph went viral this week that appeared to show New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), an adamant and outspoken advocate for mask mandates, walking a dog in public without wearing a face covering himself, Breitbart reported.
It remains unclear exactly when the photo of Cuomo sans mask was taken, but a woman standing next to him was wearing a mask.
Fox News meteorologist Janice Dean — whose mother-in-law and father-in-law died from COVID-19 while living under Cuomo’s policies in a New York nursing home, according to Breitbart — was among those who shared the photo of the New York governor’s hypocritical moment.
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) August 31, 2020
Dean also blasted Cuomo in July for failing to practice social distancing and mask-wearing at an event in Georgia.
Mr. wear your mask not wearing a mask in Georgia. pic.twitter.com/MGPS0ucQNf
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) July 23, 2020
Sic semper tyrannis
These are, of course, merely the latest examples of gross hypocrisy from a Democrat state leader like Cuomo. Indeed, he is but one of many tyrants in state and local governments who think they don’t have to abide by the rules imposed upon their constituents.
What is perhaps most galling about this particular example of King Cuomo’s hypocrisy is how it compares to his strident and repeated insistence on mandatory mask-wearing aimed at the ignoble peasants who make up his constituency.
Breitbart embedded in its report no less than 14 separate tweets from Cuomo — and that’s only his tweets from July and August, to say nothing of his many press conferences and public statements — wherein he reminds New Yorkers to cover their faces while out in public.
Here’s the thing: if the governor of New York can’t follow the rules, he can’t expect New Yorkers to. “Do as I say, not as I do,” just doesn’t work with the American people.