But Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has offered a new wrinkle on the hypocrisy.
Garcetti attended last Sunday’s NFC Championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the San Francisco 49ers. He was accompanied by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and San Fran Mayor London Breed, also a Dem.
At one point the trio took pictures with NBA legend Magic Johnson. In his case, Garcetti posed with Magic and Breed.
In all the photos, no one wore masks.
According to the LA County Health Department, “Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in all indoor public settings, venues, gatherings, and public and private businesses in Los Angeles County. County residents are even supposed to wear one outdoors at “mega events,” such as football games.
Garcetti defended his own violation of this policy with a novel excuse. He told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday, “I’ll take personal responsibility, and if it makes you and everyone else happy — or even the photographs with people where literally I’m holding my breath for two seconds — I won’t even do that.”
“When people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath,” added Garcetti, whom President Joe Biden has nominated to be ambassador to India.
But Garcetti’s hypocrisy didn’t stop there.
Los Angeles will host the Super Bowl on Feb. 13, and as the Associated Press reported Wednesday, just days after he was photographed without a face mask at the NFC championship game, Garcetti “joined other officials … to urge fans headed for the Super Bowl to strictly adhere to pandemic safety protocols that include staying masked, except while eating or drinking.”
Noting that he holds his breath for photos, Garcetti added, “There is a zero percent chance of infection from that. I put my mask right back on … to make sure that there is no spread. And I think that we should all follow that advice until we’re out of this period.”
“People do have a good common sense in this city and around this country,” Garcetti said.