Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers and leaders who have been caught in violation of the various mitigation efforts they have mandated or advocated on behalf of.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) can be added to that list, as she was recently spotted and caught on camera maskless on a United Airlines flight from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, California, the Daily Mail reported.
That not only contradicts the congresswoman’s own vocal advocacy for everyone to wear face masks at all times in public but also seemingly violates the strictly enforced guideline from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requiring all passengers to be masked on commercial airline flights.
The photo of an unmasked Rep. Waters was first shared with and reported on by The Daily Wire, which received the photo from an anonymous passenger on the United flight from Dulles Airport to Los Angeles International who was outraged by the blatant hypocrisy and preferential treatment the congresswoman received from flight attendants.
“Maxine had her mask off for at least an hour while she read her paper and took a nap,” the unnamed woman explained. “Attendants brought her fresh coffee while she was napping and didn’t say a thing as three of them walked past and saw Maxine reading and then sleeping while she remained maskless.”
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“My nose had bled pretty early into the flight, so I later on pulled my mask down below my nose to get some cooler air,” she continued, describing the disparate treatment she had received in comparison to Waters. “Within a few minutes, a flight attendant informed me I had to put my mask back on over my nose, the right way, immediately.”
The woman claimed that she protested by pointing to the maskless congresswoman, but the attendant reportedly replied, “Okay, but you need to put your mask on the right way.”
“I put the mask on ‘the right way’ after the flight attendant told Maxine to put her mask on,” the woman added. “Maxine had been napping. She did put the mask on after the attendant interrupted her sleep and told her to do so. I think she was startled by the rude awakening.”
Dems’ double standard
The Daily Wire noted that Rep. Waters has been an exceptionally vocal proponent of masking over the past two years, while at that same time being sharply critical of those who choose to forgo a mask when in public, such as her favorite target for hateful vitriol, former President Donald Trump.
That blatant hypocrisy, combined with the “flabbergasting” manner in which the flight attendants reportedly harassed other passengers to remain masked at all times while letting Waters slide, was what compelled the anonymous source to snap the picture and publicly expose the congresswoman’s duplicity.
“A politician who believes in masks, but only when others wear them for her. It’s a double standard, but people seem to be blind to it,” she said.