Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has denied violating her city’s mask mandate last week at a wedding event. However, a series of published pictures tell a much different story.
The Washington Examiner reported on Saturday that Bowser officiated a rooftop wedding at The Line DC, an upscale hotel located in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.
Included in the report was a photograph clearly showing Bowser inside a ballroom without a mask while sitting in close proximity to a group of people, with all but one of whom were also unmasked.
Pictures tell the story
What’s more, Examiner contributor Tina Lowe wrote that a reporter from the paper was blocked by security after asking why Bowser was not complying with her administration’s own masking rules.
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Meanwhile, Washington’s Fox 5 carried video footage of Bowser without a mask on as she administered the couple’s wedding vows. Neither the bride nor groom wore a mask during the ceremony, or while dancing indoors later on during the wedding reception.
Curiously, Bowser’s office issued a statement denying that the mayor had run afoul of mask rules, despite photographic evidence to the contrary. “On Saturday, July 31st, Mayor Bowser officiated an outdoor, rooftop wedding ceremony, followed by an indoor dinner,” the statement read.
“The mayor wore a mask indoors”
“The Mayor wore a mask indoors in compliance with the mandate, and the organizers and venue staff worked to create a safe environment for the staff and guests,” the statement added. “The Friday, July 30th evening event called into question by conservative media was outdoors, on a rooftop.”
“We continue to emphasize everyone should be vaccinated as soon as possible and to wear a mask at indoor public settings to protect yourself, your loved ones and your neighbors.”
Fox 5 spoke about the controversy with Johns Hopkins epidemiologist Dr. David Dowdy, who noted the difficulty with politicians who push for strict pandemic-related rules and yet fail to abide by them.
“If you are in office and you’re advocating for a certain policy, it’s important and just to be aware that people are going to be following you to see, you know, see whether you’re abiding by that policy too,” Dowdy said.
It seems like Bowser is the latest in a growing list of Democrats who push for strict, pandemic-related rules but continue to follow the “rules for thee, but not for me” approach.