Denver Mayor Addresses Being Caught Leaving Town After Telling Residents to Stay Home Due to COVID

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Posted: Nov 26, 2020 11:50 AM
Denver Mayor Addresses Being Caught Leaving Town After Telling Residents to Stay Home Due to COVID

Source: AP Photo/Taimy Alvarez

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (D) released an apology after being caught violating his own plea of staying home for this year's Thanksgiving. Thirty minutes after his account tweeted for people to not travel due to COVID-19, he was on a plane to leave Denver.

"Pass the potatoes, not COVID. Stay home as much as you can, especially if you're sick. Host virtual gatherings instead of in-person dinners. Avoid travel, if you can," Hancock tweeted before boarding his flight to be with his family.

The backlash to his hypocrisy when the news broke was swift and unrelenting. A few hours later he released a statement asking his constituents to "forgive decisions that are borne of my heart and not my head."

Hancock explained he thought it would be safer for himself to travel to meet up with his wife and daughter instead of having the two of them travel to Denver.