Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., was recorded without a mask in a densely packed bar in Miami, according to footage that emerged Sunday.
The large crowd at the drag bar, most of whom were also without a mask, applauded the congresswoman as she waved to them, as first reported by Florida’s Conservative Voice.
“For those of you with zero sense of humor: the whole point of this post is to expose hypocrisy. We don’t actually care she’s maskless. We care she fear mongers about Florida but then has the audacity to vacation here,” wrote Brendon Leslie, the reporter who first tweeted the video.
Ocasio-Cortez’s home state of New York has seen a record surge in COVID-19 cases amid the spread of the omicron variant.
Ocasio-Cortez’s trip came as COVID cases exploded again in New York.
Residents have been forced to line up for hours for tests and many are planning to spend New Year’s Eve at home, with restaurants closing and amid fears of the Omicron surge.
New York State is starting 2022 with a new single-day COVID case record – 85,476 new infections.
In New York City, more than one in five tests are positive, with the 7-day positivity rate just shy of 20%.
Governor Kathy Hochul has also introduced her ‘2.0 Plan’ to fight Omicron by extending her ‘vax and mask’ mandate until February 1.
Towards the end of last week, more than 20 percent of the city’s police officers and 30 percent of paramedics were out sick.