Democrat Mayor Took Private Jet to Mexico Before Telling Residents to 'Stay Home'
Mayor Steve Adler told residents 'This is not the time to relax'
Democratic Austin Mayor Steve Adler filmed himself telling citizens to “stay home" after taking a private jet to Mexico.
Adler hosted an outdoor wedding and reception for his daughter which saw 20 guests in attendance, the American-Statesman reported.
The next day, the Mayor boarded a private jet with seven of the wedding guests and flew to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, for a luxury vacation.
Adler said in a Facebook video message to Austin residents:
“We need to stay home if you can."
“This is not the time to relax."
"We are going to be looking really closely," he added.
"We may have to close things down if we are not careful.”
EXCLUSIVE: Austin Mayor Steve Adler told the public to "stay home if you can...this is not the time to relax" in a Nov. 9 Facebook video. He did not disclose that he was at a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas after flying on a private jet with eight family members and guests. pic.twitter.com/w1uZahGfpM— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) December 2, 2020
The Mayor filmed the video message from Mexico, the Statesman reported.
Adler claimed his family considered how to safely host the wedding and vacation and consulted with interim health director Dr. Mark Escott.
He also claimed guests took rapid COVID-19 tests and socially distanced.
“At that point, I am with my family group and people who just tested,” Adler told the publication.
“It is not perfect. Obviously, there are infections that could happen, but I think all of us should be minimizing risks as best we can.”
The day after the mayor’s party went to Mexico, Escott said:
“If you’re going out to a restaurant, go out with your family, the people who live in your household, not with family and friends outside your household and start to decrease those travels outside of your home that are not necessary.”
The mayor told the statesman that he did not violate his own regulations.
“Every day since March, I repeat that being home is the safest place for people to be,” Adler said in a Wednesday statement.
“Only at our most trying moments, like around Thanksgiving, have I asked people not to travel as part of extra precautions. It is safest to stay home."
"However, we aren’t asking people to never venture out. We ask everyone to be as safe as possible when they do.”
In a similar fashion earlier this year, former First Lady Michelle Obama called on D.C residents to 'stay at home' as part of the country's lockdown orders, while her husband Barack Obama was caught golfing.