U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was recently criticized online after photos revealed her at a popular outdoor restaurant in Miami Beach, Florida, without a mask.
Days later, she was spotted at an outdoor bar in South Florida without a mask and among the attendees at a crowded drag queen show.
“Lounging it up, in large crowds and maskless”
The progressive lawmaker has been a consistent proponent of mask use and vaccination in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She has also offered harsh criticism of GOP officials for opposing such mandates.
Florida’s Conservative Voice reported on the congresswoman’s latest outing, citing the “large crowds” on hand for the Miami event. Reporter Brendon Leslie documented the incident in a tweet.
EXPOSED: AOC is STILL lounging it up in Florida, in large crowds and maskless. This time at a Drag Queen bar in Miami.
Rules for thee but not for me. pic.twitter.com/8l30GFA0GT
— Brendon Leslie (@BrendonLeslie) January 2, 2022
In a subsequent tweet, Leslie clarified that his only motivation in sharing the tweet “is to expose hypocrisy,” explaining that the outlet does not “actually care she’s maskless” but only that “she fear mongers about Florida but then has the audacity to vacation here.”
Liberal lawmaker called out for perceived hypocrisy
Ocasio-Cortez enjoyed her Florida outing despite her harsh criticism of the state’s approach to the pandemic.
As the National Review noted, she also left New York as that state experiences a surge in COVID-19 infections after insisting that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “abandon[ed] his constituents” by traveling to Mexico during a winter storm in his state.
The main point of contention among the New York Democrat’s critics is the perception that she hypocritically holds Republicans to standards she does not meet.
In her recent actions, that has taken the form of slamming Florida and other red states for their lenient response to the pandemic while taking full advantage of those freedoms in a state that offers more personal liberty than her own state affords its residents.
As Leslie succinctly concluded in his social media take on the recent development: “Rules for thee but not for me.”