In yet another of the endless examples of leftist hypocrisy when it comes to COVID-19 mitigation edicts, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) – who is currently seeking another term as his state’s chief executive – was spotted without a face mask on an Amtrak train as well as in an NYC station in a clear contravention of federal mandates, as the Washington Examiner reports.
As revealed by photos captured by a fellow traveler earlier this summer, McAuliffe was seen riding on an Amtrak train headed from New York to the nation’s capital and talking on a cell phone without a face covering, a clear violation of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mandates – issued in January – requiring masks on such modes of public transportation as well as in train depots and the like.
In a somewhat comical twist, the photo showing McAuliffe barefaced on the train includes a placard posted just over the former governor’s head that explains the federal policy, which read, “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.”
Terry McAuliffe, who supports mask mandates in Virginia, caught on Amtrak and in NYC train station without a mask. COVID can’t spread on fundraising trips?
— Brent Scher (@BrentScher) September 14, 2021
According to the New York Post, McAuliffe was also photographed maskless and again on the phone inside Moynihan Train Hall inside Penn Station, a venue in which the federal transportation-related mask mandate also applies.
Exacerbating the “do as I say, not as I do” nature of McAuliffe’s conduct is the fact that he has often taken to social media to urge others to engage in social distancing and wearing to minimize COVID-19 spread and to promote widespread vaccination, as the Post noted.
The passenger who shot the images of the current Virginia gubernatorial candidate excoriated the display, saying, “You have an individual who wants to be a leader of a state here in the United States, and it is an absolute double standard. You have to lead by example,” adding that American citizens “are tired to being told to do something by our leaders and they don’t follow it themselves.”
Adding to his criticism of McAuliffe, the amateur shutterbug continued, “Whether you agree with it or not, it is easy enough to throw a mask on for a little while. It seems to be a constant – whether you’re the governor of California or a member of Congress, or someone running for governor of Virginia,” referencing other prominent politicians who have been caught in similar transgressions.
When confronted with the maskless photos, the McAuliffe campaign – unsurprisingly – did not address the controversy directly, but responded by attacking one of his rivals in the governor’s race, Republican Glenn Youngkin, for what they called his insufficient response to the pandemic.