So much for these already questionable lockdown orders.

Citizens are outraged by Democrat Austin Mayor Steve Adler warning them to “stay home” while he flew out of the country to a vacation excursion in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

The full story was first reported earlier this week by KVUE Austin local news. In early November, Adler first hosted a wedding for his daughter at the boutique Hotel Saint Cecilia in downtown Austin, where he broke city rules by having 20 guests instead of the “recommended” 10. The following day, he took eight of the attendees on a private jet to their Cabo getaway.

On November 9, while on his Mexico vacation, Adler filmed a video warning citizens back in Austin that “now is not the time to relax,” reminding them to “stay home if you can” and obey all of his and city hall’s shutdown rules.

News of Adler’s incident spread nationally, and he joined numerous Democrat elected officials across the state and country who have disregarded their own shutdown orders they expect citizens to obey.

“Politicians be like, ‘Stay home unless you have a private jet,’” read a sign by famed Austin Tex-Mex restaurant El Arroyo.

Over 3,000 citizens commented on Adler’s recent Twitter and Facebook posts where he said he regretted his travel.

“Why should we follow the liberal mayor’s advice? He doesn’t,” one individual replied.

“Threatening to shut down small businesses all while jumping on a private jet with your whole family and flying to Cabo for the week. Do as I say, not as I do, peasants,” another wrote.

Adler shrugging off his own shutdown decree even made those who voted for him furious.

“You lost my vote. I’ve got a baby niece I haven’t seen that was born, I’ve missed birthdays and holidays with my family doing my part while defending your decisions and apparently none of it applies to you and your family,” one tweeted. “That’s a slap in the face to your voters.”

“I’ve defended you in the past, but this is unconscionable,” wrote another. “Hope you didn’t have plans for office in other parts of Travis [C]ounty, because I’ll never vote for you. People have sacrificed…But I guess you’re above it all. Apology not accepted.”

Others commented how officials’ harmful lockdowns were highly questionable decisions in the first place.

“You don’t need to apologize for celebrating your daughter’s wedding and going on a trip. You need to apologize for the hypocrisy,” one citizen tweeted.

“I’m not blaming you for going on vacay [with] loved ones. I’m blaming you for 9 months of gas lighting and your over the top restrictions that do nothing,” an individual replied. “People are tired of 15 days to flatten the curve-9 months later. We know our risk level and can make our own decisions. Step aside.”

Indeed, government officials’ shutdowns over the past several months have forced at least 132,000 Austinites out of work—and into a new crisis—and killed off a slew of iconic local businesses. Adler’s most recent hypocrisy has fueled an already ongoing citywide petition campaign to recall him from office. 

“Unfortunately, Adler’s decisions have hurt our community beyond repair for many,” another said. “All these bars and restaurants have been forcefully closed, and Adler never once thought to pause their property tax.”

“It’s pretty shocking behavior. … But it’s even worse because the things they are telling people to do are hurting people. They’re hurting the restaurants, they’re hurting other small businesses and people that work in those and depend on them and are doing a great job of operating safely,” said Ellis Winstanley, co-owner of El Arroyo.

“Funny how it’s the Democrats trying to enforce all these mandates on the American people while they just go on about their business, living their life,” one commented on Facebook. “If [Adler] ever tries to shut down the Austin businesses again, I hope every single business defies the mandates (not laws).”

Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and in 2017 earned a double major in public relations and piano performance.