Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, left, urged locals not to travel for Thanksgiving – hours before boarding a flight at the city’s airport, right, for a family holiday (Pictures: AP)
A top politician has been branded a hypocrite after he urged citizens of his city not to travel to avoid spreading Covid – hours before boarding a plane for a vacation. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock traveled from his Colorado home city to Mississippi for a Thanksgiving holiday despite urging others to stay at home.
Hancock claimed he had made the trip to see his wife and daughter, who had traveled there after his child obtained a job in the southern state. On Friday, he made a video appearance saying he ‘urged’ locals to stay at home.
Hancock also claimed he would be having a Zoom Thanksgiving – without explaining that he would be doing so out-of-state.
The trip, via Houston in Texas, also came just hours after Hancock tweeted guidance urging people to avoid all unnecessary travel, with the mayor since offering a qualified apology, 9News reported.
He tweeted: ‘As the holiday approached, I decided it would be safer for me to travel to see them than to have two family members travel back to Denver. I recognize that my decision has disappointed many who believe it would have been better to spend Thanksgiving alone.
‘As a public official, whose conduct is rightly scrutinized for the message it sends to others, I apologize to the residents of Denver who see my decision as conflicting with the guidance to stay at home for all but essential travel.’
Hancock added: ‘I made my decision as a husband and father, and for those who are angry and disappointed, I humbly ask you to forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head.’
But Hancock’s apology cut little ice with many residents of his home city, who had canceled their own Thanksgiving plans in line with the advice he pushed.
Colorado has seen a surge in Covid cases in recent weeks, with 212,000 diagnoses and over 2,900 deaths.
The United States is currently in the middle of a third wave of coronavirus, with 12.8 million cases, and 262,000 deaths.
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