Virtue Signaling AOC Puts On Mask For Photo-Op, Removes It Afterward, Video Shows

A viral video has been circling on social media where progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was caught masking up — but only for a photo-op with activists — despite the campaign of Democrats for reimposing mask mandates due to the surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant of the virus.

The far left lawmaker was seen dropping her mask after the picture, where she posed with the demonstrators on the steps of the US Capitol, was taken. 

She was joined by fellow progressive Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts who came in support of President Joe Biden’s renewed eviction moratorium.

Before the shot, the congresswoman sat on the steps of the Capitol, without a mask on, then she put on her gray mask before Senator Markey sat down and the photograph was taken.

“Housing is a human right,” the protesters said in unison as the picture was taken. Someone could also be heard saying “Everybody say ‘whiskey’” as the group posed for pictures.

Markey was also seen lowering his mask as he laughed at the “whiskey” joke nearly as soon as the photo was shot. 

Ocasio-Cortez, a self-proclaimed Democratic socialist lawmaker, followed the senator’s action then — and dropped her mask entirely, just a “mere minute” after the photos were taken with the protesters, which Breitbart News tagged as a “pandemic performance.”

On the Capitol steps, the New York progressive can also be seen mingling with the protestors.

“Neither Ocasio-Cortez’s nor Markey’s offices responded to Fox News’ email asking for comment on the video and why the lawmakers felt the need to wear the mask for the photo but not before or after it,” Fox News said.  

Moratorium through October

The Democratic administration, led by Biden announced on Tuesday a new targeted eviction moratorium through October 3 despite earlier saying that it had no legal standing on the matter following a June Supreme Court ruling on the issue.

Reports said officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) drafted the new eviction moratorium to shield tenants in counties with “substantial and high levels of community transmission” of the coronavirus.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki brushed off concerns about the constitutionality of the eviction moratorium.

It’s not an extension,” but a “different moratorium from a policy and legal standpoint,” Psaki told reporters.

When pressed for the constitutionality of it, she responded: “Who’s saying that?” 

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