Add Democratic Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker to the list of Democrats who have not been covering themselves in glory during this pandemic.
Governors have been instituting “stay at home” orders requiring you and me to stay in, asking us to comply for the alleged health of citizens. So when they appear to violate those same rules, when they play these “rules for thee, but not for me” games,” it doesn’t go down well with the public.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) had her grandchildren visit her from New York to San Francisco around Easter.
Patch.com reported this week that Pritzker’s wife M.K. had flown out of the state despite a stay-at-home order and a request against non-essential travel to go their $12 million equestrian estate in Wellington, Florida.
So a reporter asked Pritzker about the Patch report during a press conference on Wednesday.
“Where’s the First Lady? Is she accompanied by a state security detail? Has she engaged in non-essential travel? What is your response to people who say the stay-at-home order and non-essential travel bans aren’t abided by your family?” a reporter asked.
Pritzker then, with a huge amount of gall, chastised the reporter for daring to ask the question and for the Patch even writing about it.
“Well, first of all, I want to say is that in politics it used to be that we kept our families out of it,” Pritzker said with a hint of anger. “My official duties have nothing to do with my family. So, I’m just not going to answer that question. It’s inappropriate and I find it reprehensible, honestly that, that a reporter wrote a story about it.”
Earlier in the month, Pritzker had called on all residents to be “All in” for Illinois to stay at home.
“Now the rest is up to you. Our strongest weapon against COVID-19 is you. … For a little while longer we must all commit to staying home, staying safe and practicing social distancing to stay healthy,” he said Thursday afternoon. “Every one of us must abide by this to get through this difficult time, so to honor you and to bring us together in our commitment to doing what’s right I’m introducing a new statewide initiative to participate in and it’s called ‘All in Illinois.’” […]
“‘All in’ is our anthem and point of pride. Illinoisans staying home for the good of each other and the good of our state,” Pritzker said. “Be all in. ‘All in Illinois’ means we care about one another, we care about our communities. We are one Illinois, and we’re all in this together.”
Thinking it really doesn’t sound like you’re “All in for Illinois” when you’re luxuriating in Florida. Not a good look to not have your family follow your own orders.
Today Gov Pritzker refused to answer questions about his hypocrisy. He forced a harsh quarantine on our state, ordering every citizen to shelter-in-place — yet dispatched his family to their lavish FL equestrian estate.
Apparently, lockdowns are for the little people… pic.twitter.com/gM0aMaO5cS
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) April 30, 2020