Hypocrisy: D.C. mayor photographed maskless

Just one day before an indoor mask mandate was set to be imposed on Washington, D.C., that city’s Democrat mayor, Muriel Bowser, was photographed celebrating her birthday on Friday, bare-faced, with luminaries such as comedian Dave Chappelle, as the New York Post reported.

Not only did Bowser skip the face mask, she also appeared uninterested in taking any social distancing precautions the left so eagerly requires of others. 

A photo originally seen on Instagram shows the mayor surrounded by a group of well-wishers, all in close proximity to one another.

Though it was unclear exactly where Bowser was photographed with Chappelle, he was slated to perform at The Anthem, an area entertainment venue that achieved a sell-out for Chappelle’s comedy performance, and according to the Washington Examiner, which had announced in advance that masks were going to be required at the show.

All of this seems more than a little hypocritical, given that Bower declared on Thursday that she would be reinstating an indoor mask mandate in the city, effective 5 a.m. on Saturday. 

That decision was made in light of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommending such action in areas with high COVID-19 transmission rates, citing the reportedly increased transmissibility of the Delta variant. CDC officials suggested last week that it based its shift on new data indicating that in some instances, it is possible even for vaccinated individuals to spread the virus to others.

In announcing the new mask rules for the nation’s capital, Bowser declared, “We will contintue to do what is necessary to keep D.C. safe,” the Examiner added.

Though it may be that Bowser was entirely safe in celebrating her big day without a mask, the fact that she was out in public, blatantly thwarting the rules she was hours away from inflicting on the citizenry, the general “rules for thee, not for me” appearance of the entire incident is unsavory, indeed.