LA Mayor Garcetti Tells Audience He Stops Breathing When Maskless In Public With Celebrities

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti defended taking maskless photographs with former Lakers player Magic Johnson and San Francisco Mayor London Breed by claiming 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 defended his actions to during a press conference on safety protocols for the upcoming Super Bowl, which will be held in the SoFi Stadium, reported Deadline. (RELATED: California Gov. Newsom, Mayors Caught Maskless With Magic Johnson At Rams Game).

Garcetti went on to defend LA’s COVID-19 health orders, which stipulate that anyone at indoor events with more than 500 attendees or outdoor events with more than 5,000 attendees must be wearing 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 breaching 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 online by some, including a comparison 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.