Denver Mayor Hancock split his Red Zone town Wednesday to instead spend Thanksgiving with his family in Mississippi, right after telling residents to stay home and avoid travel. 

In political parlance, this is what’s called being a flaming hypocrite. 

Here’s how Hancock parsed his plans in an email to city staffers:

“I’m urging you to refrain from travel this Thanksgiving holiday. For my family that means cancelling our traditional gathering of our extended family.”

Then Hancock tweeted this before he was wheels-up and headed south:

9News busted Hancock’s Thanksgiving getaway from a city under stay-at-home rules because we’re still in the middle of a pandemic.

They asked to speak with the mayor once he lands, but his spokeswoman declared she had given him the day off.

He’ll get more than a day off. By the time Hancock completes the quarantine he’s imposed on all city staffers, he’ll be off again for Christmas break.

In the email, Hancock also said anyone who travels out of state should quarantine for 14 days and that employees who can’t work from home will need to use their paid time off for the leave.

We trust the media will be following up to make sure the mayor has enough time off left to use for his own two-week quarantine.