Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she caught COVID, days after she was taken to party without a mask at a drag brunch in Miami.
The 32-year-old representative from the Bronx made the announcement on her official Twitter page Sunday night, sharing a statement on a House letterhead that read: ‘Representative Ocasio-Cortez received a positive result. in the COVID-19 test.
‘She is experiencing symptoms and is recovering at home. The congresswoman received her booster shot this fall, and encourages everyone to get their booster and follow all CDC guidelines. ‘
AOC then added some of its own guidance in a follow-up tweet, writing: ‘For information on what to do if you are exposed to COVID, test positive, or want to schedule a test or vaccine in New York City, see our summary of CDC and NYC resources here ‘, before adding a link to a personal website.
The progressive representative revealed her diagnosis on her Twitter page Sunday night.
News of the AOC diagnosis sparked online mockery, with one commenter saying AOC shouldn’t have visited Florida, and another poking fun at the lawmaker’s claim that conservatives angered by her trip to the Sunshine State were actually secretly in love. her.
It is not clear when or how COCs became infected.
Despite strongly advocating for mask and vaccine mandates, AOC abandoned her own rhetoric last week during a trip to Miami, Florida, where she was seen without a mask in numerous locations.
Her vacation was swept up on Twitter by conservatives, including a dedicated Twitter account endorsed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who invited her to ‘enjoy a taste of freedom’ in the sunshine state.
Welcome to Florida, AOC! We hope you are enjoying a little freedom here in the Sunshine State thanks to the leadership of @ RonDeSantisFL, ” said the tweet from the DeSantis Team account.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the photos and criticism online with a tweet that read: ‘Hasn’t Governor DeSantis been inexplicably missing for 2 weeks? If you are around, I would be happy to greet you. His social media team appears to have been posting old photos for weeks. In the meantime, maybe you can help with the local organization. People are quite receptive here. ‘
It is not known where she contracted the virus, although she was photographed partying without a mask during a brunch in South Beach, Miami, on January 2.
News of her diagnosis sparked mockery online, and a response to the Twitter ad chided Ocasio-Cortez for making the trip to Florida during a time when Covid cases hit a record high.
Another joked about AOC’s claim that anyone criticizing her for the no-rule trip was actually in love with her, writing: “The virus just wants to date you.”
But on January 2, she pictured AOC hanging out with her friends for brunch at the Palace Bar in Miami’s South Beach.
She was photographed hugging without a mask with Pose star Billy Porter and enjoying the attention of other attendees, who were evidently delighted to be in the presence of the star legislator.
It is unclear whether Porter was also infected or exposed, and has yet to comment after the COC diagnosis.
Florida confirmed a record 150,251 Covid cases on January 4, around the time of AOC’s visit; their numbers have declined markedly since then, with 26,588 new cases reported Sunday.
It is not known where he contracted the virus; On Sunday, 1,928 cases were confirmed in Washington, DC, while 81,388 tests were positive in his home state of New York.
His presence in Florida, a state that he had long criticized for its lax coronavirus restrictions during the early waves of the pandemic, appeared to irritate some Republicans and conservative journalists who grew weary of him using the southern state as an example of how not to do. things.
AOC tested positive for COVID days after she was photographed partying without a mask in Miami with actor Billy Porter (pictured with animal print)
AOC and Porter hugged during the outdoor event; He has yet to comment on his diagnosis and it is unclear if the Pose star has been exposed or infected.
‘AOC is STILL lounging in Florida, in huge crowds and no mask. This time at a Drag Queen bar in Miami. Rules for you but not for me, ”wrote right-wing journalist Brendon Leslie.
‘For those of you who have no sense of humor: The goal of this post is to expose hypocrisy. We don’t really care that he doesn’t have a mask. We care that she fears traffickers from Florida, but then she has the audacity to vacation here, ” he added.
‘AOC was seen partying in a bar without a mask in the great free state of Florida. Absolutely hypocritical, ‘tweeted the Libs of Tik Tok Twitter account.
AOC’s trip to the drag brunch thrilled attendees, but the lawmaker was accused of hypocrisy for endorsing the draconian COVID rules and then traveling on vacation to a state famous for having none.
AOC was also photographed enjoying cocktails at a Miami sushi restaurant with her boyfriend Riley Roberts, with Roberts’ Birkenstocks sparking a subsequent war of words between the passionate congresswoman and conservative commentators.
The progressive congresswoman was criticized by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for backing the draconian restrictions in New York, then coming to the Sunshine State and enjoying its lack of COVID-19 protocols.
Right-wing commentator Brendon Leslie took aim at AOC after news of the event emerged and accused her of hypocrisy.
AOC’s field trip to Florida also saw her having cocktails at an outdoor sushi restaurant with her boyfriend Riley Roberts.
Roberts was photographed wearing a pair of Birkenstocks and barefoot, prompting jokes from Republicans and subsequent backlash from AOC, who accused conservatives of being sexually frustrated.
In response, Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: ‘If Republicans are angry they can’t date me, they can just say that instead of projecting their sexual frustrations on my boyfriend’s feet. You are creepy weirdos.