Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defended himself for taking maskless photographs with former Lakers player Magic Johnson and San Francisco Mayor London Breed arguing that he held his breath while the pictures were taken at a press conference Wednesday.
Garcetti told reporters that “when people ask for a photograph, I hold my breath, and I put my mask here, and people can see that,” as he held up his mask.
Garcetti also defended LA’s COVID-19 health orders, which requires anyone at indoor events with more than 500 attendees or outdoor events with more than 5,000 attendees to wear a mask unless eating or drinking. At the peak of the pandemic, Garcetti cut power and water to homes and businesses of those suspected of breaking COVID-19 protocols across the city.
“I’ll take personal responsibility… if it makes you and everyone else happy — or even the photographs with people where literally I’m holding my breath for two seconds — I won’t even do that,” Garcetti told reporters.
Garcetti’s response was mocked by some, comparing him to former President Bill Clinton saying he “didn’t inhale” marijuana in the past.
As governor of Arkansas, Clinton was asked whether he had used illegal drugs while studying at Oxford University.
“But when I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn’t like it. I didn’t inhale it, and never tried it again,” Clinton replied.