House Speaker Nancy Pelosi came under a lot of (justified) fire last week when she was caught breaking San Francisco’s coronavirus lockdown rules by visiting a local salon. Busted by the salon’s owner, who (we assume) went to the press with surveillance footage showing Pelosi strolling through the salon with wet hair and an unmasked face, the House Speaker was criticized for blatant hypocrisy. Pelosi reacted badly, refusing to apologize and instead blaming the salon for “setting her up” for national humiliation.
As egregious an example as this was of the rules being different for Democratic Party elites, this was hardly the first time we’ve seen liberals hold themselves to a lower standard.
Let’s recall the moment back in April, when Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago was scorned for getting her hair styled professionally in much the same way that Pelosi just did. At the time, Chicago’s coronavirus lockdown orders mandated that everyone stay home and only leave their houses for essential activities. These activities did not, under any circumstances, going out to get glammed up by a hair stylist. But that minor stumbling block didn’t stop Lightfoot from indulging her beauty wishes.
Asked about her hypocrisy, Lightfoot insisted that the people of Chicago weren’t interested in this scandal.
“I think what really people want to talk about is, we’re talking about people dying here. We’re talking about significant health disparities. I think that’s what people care most about,” Lightfoot said. “The woman who cut my hair had a mask and gloves on so we are, I am practicing what I’m preaching.”
She then pivoted, insisting that her position in the spotlight demanded a certain style.
“I am the public face of this city. I’m on national media and I’m out in the public eye. I take my personal hygiene very seriously. As I said, I felt like I needed to have a haircut. I’m not able to do that myself, so I got a haircut. You want to talk more about that?” she asked defiantly.
Well, at least she didn’t accuse her hair stylist of setting her up.
But Lightfoot is far from the only one guilty of this hypocrisy. A list of the Democrats who demanded social distancing from their constituents before jumping head-first into the social justice protests following the death of George Floyd would take up too much space, so let’s just suffice by naming and shaming Mayor Bill de Blasio of NYC, Gov. J.B. Pritzker of Illinois, and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan, all of whom lost their interest in social distancing when the Black Lives Matter protests came to town. Whitmer is an especially reprehensible example of this, given how harshly she condemned anti-lockdown protesters for putting themselves and others in danger of spreading the virus.
So in a way, Pelosi was simply doing what she does best: Being the leader of her party by taking part in a cherished Democratic pastime, which is displaying total and complete elitist hypocrisy.
And then blaming someone else.