Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of Democratic leaders have been caught flouting the same type of restrictions they seem to impose on others.
The latest example appears to be Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who was reportedly spotted aboard an Amtrak train in violation of mask requirements.
“Unless actively eating or drinking”
As Breitbart reported, the incident occurred in July at New York City’s Moynihan Train Hall at Penn Station.
A photo taken at the time appears to reveal a maskless McAuliffe talking on his cellphone beside a sign on the train that reads: “Amtrak requires everyone to wear a face mask. Face masks must fully cover the mouth and nose and secure under the chin. Face masks must always be worn unless actively eating or drinking.”
While McAuliffe’s violation appears obvious, it is not clear whether he faced any consequence as a result.
According to the individual who took the photo, the Virginia Democrat did not wear a mask while descending to the train platform via escalator.
The photographer went on to express uncertainty regarding whether McAuliffe ultimately put on a mask upon getting situated on the train.
“I think we can all always do better”
Contrary to his actions on the train, McAuliffe is a proponent of exceptionally strict COVID-19 mitigation measures.
Thus far in his campaign, he has argued for coronavirus vaccine mandates for all state employees and even stated that Virginia should make life difficult for unvaccinated residents. He also seeks to implement mandatory mask mandates for students in schools statewide.
This is not the first time that McAuliffe has been caught violating a restriction he supports.
Just last month, he hosted a fundraiser despite an ongoing uptick in COVID-19 infections. The in-person event was not unlike those that many Democrats claim should be off-limits to slow the spread of the virus.
For his part, McAuliffe has since responded to the backlash over his maskless train ride, stating: “I’m very good about wearing my mask. I think we can all always do better. It was 1 o’clock in the morning on an empty train. But we can always do better and I think it’s important.”