Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was filmed sitting among a group of at an eviction moratorium rally activists without a mask on. A video then shows her putting on face mask for a group photo at the U.S. Capitol, however a minute later, Ocasio-Cortez can be seen speaking to group without mask on.
She was joined by fellow Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass. Ocasio-Crotez was maskless while sitting on the steps before the photo, but donned her gray mask before Markey sat down and the picture was snapped. “Housing is a human right,” the group said as the picture was taken, with someone after the photo saying “Everybody say ‘whiskey.’”
Markey pulled down his face mask almost immediately after the photo was taken as he chuckled at the “whiskey” joke. Ocasio-Cortez soon followed suit, ditching her mask entirely a mere minute after the photo was taken, according to Breitbart, which posted the video to Twitter.
Ocasio-Cortez can then be seen socializing with the protesters assembled on the Capitol steps. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention drafted a new eviction moratorium aimed at protecting tenants in counties with “substantial and high levels of community transmission” of COVID-19, affecting roughly 90% of the U.S. population.
Fox News reached out for comment, however neither Ocasio-Cortez’s nor Markey’s offices have responded at this stage. The Fox News’ email asked for a comment on the video and to clarify why the lawmakers felt the need to wear the mask for the photo but not before or after it.
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