Steve Adler, the illustrious Mayor of Austin, Texas, wants residents to do as he says, not as he does. Due to a splurge of rising COVID-19 cases in the city, Adler has been screaming through a bullhorn for residents to hunker in their houses.
When Teddy Roosevelt led the charge with his “rough riders” up San Juan Hill, he showed the kind of guff real leaders are made of. He never required his troops to do anything that he himself would not do.
But Adler is no Roosevelt. The mayor recently flew on a private jet to Cabo San Lucas where he had the audacity of filming himself telling the good people of Austin to stay home.
Just this past November, and amid a city encrusted with potentially deadly germs, Adler hosted a wedding reception for 20 guests at a downtown Austin hotel. It was the very following day that the wheels of the jet-setter, along with seven of his guests, lifted from the tarmac, bound for Mexico.
In a video recorded from his timeshare in Cabo San Lucas and released on Facebook, Adler remarkably said, “We need to stay home if you can. This is not the time to relax. We are going to be looking really closely. … We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”
When confronted by the “American-Statesman,” Adler claimed to have consulted with interim health director Dr. Escott prior to his journey. He further suggested how all of the guests practiced proper social distancing and had all received rapid COVID-19 tests just prior to their departure. Whatever you say, dude.
When asked about masks the mayor said they had been handed out but in the same breath admitted the guests were “probably not” wearing them. Probably not? They were or they weren’t and you would know.
Caught with his greasy hand in the cookie jar, Adler went on to fumble the following words. “At that point, I am with my family group and people who just tested. It is not perfect. Obviously, there are infections that could happen, but I think all of us should be minimizing risks as best we can.” Uh…Excuse us, but, this is not exactly what you instructed your troops to do…
In actuality, what Dr. Esper said during a press briefing only one day following Adler and his friend’s departure, runs a bit contrary to what the mayor would have everyone believe.
Here’s the real deal. “If you’re going out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not with family and friends outside your household and start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”
Something must be terribly wrong with Adler. The guy just doesn’t know when to quit. The mayor pinky-swears he in no conceivable way violated any of his regulations and that he was 100% consistent with what his message said at the time it was written.
We would like to introduce Adler to a unique concept called using common sense. He and his guests sat maskless in the confines of a small private jet after maybe or maybe not taking a quick test that may or may not be 100% accurate, while drinking heavily, joking, laughing, and spitting all over one another. Got it!
In one last final plea, Adler flubbed out these words. “Everyday since March, I repeat that being home is the safest place for people to be. Only at our most trying moments, like around Thanksgiving, have I asked people not to travel as part of extra precautions. It is safest to stay home. However, we aren’t asking people to never venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible when they do.”
You’ve just witnessed hypocrisy in its finest moment.