“All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.”
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) defended the fact that he continues going to the gym even as the rest of the city is having to lock themselves up in their homes.
“There was almost no one there. I had heard that information prior,” de Blasio said. “I suspected that we were all going to be about to close them down, and this would be the last time to get some exercise.”
The mayor added that he didn’t get to exercise “whatsoever” during the weekend because he was “in this building.” De Blasio said that he will find a “new way” to exercise “going forward.”
“I did not think for a moment there was anything problematic because I knew the dynamics,” he said. “And again, I have to stay healthy so I can make the decisions for the people of this city.”
Several states and cities have shut down bars, movie theaters and other public facilities amid the coronavirus outbreak. Gyms across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut were scheduled to close at 8 p.m.
The mayor was criticized on social media, including by former Fox News and NBC News personality Megyn Kelly, for his decision to go to the gym before it shut down on the same day public schools closed.
— Mike Opelka (@stuntbrain) March 17, 2020
Source: The Hill