New York Democrat denies ‘liking’ disparaging tweet against reporter who showed her flouting mask rules

A New York congresswoman has denied “liking” what she later called a “disgusting” tweet that compared a journalist for the Daily Caller to a Nazi informant.

The Daily Caller revealed in a Friday report that one of its reporters, Henry Rodgers, found U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) had “liked” a tweet that alleged Rodgers is “the type of person who would have sent the Nazis the location of Jews in hiding.”

After Rodgers highlighted the apparent snub of a member of the press by a sitting congresswoman, Maloney said the move was neither proactive nor intentional.

“Neither I or my staff proactively or intentionally liked that disgusting tweet,” she said. “I do not stand for that type of language. As soon as I was made aware that my account was recorded as ‘liking’ it, I removed it.”

Missing a mask

The original disparaging tweet against Rodgers came in response to a photo posted by the reporter that showed Maloney riding on a train with her mask pulled down off her face, the Daily Caller reported. Though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said Americans who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no longer need to cover their faces in most indoor or outdoor settings, that guidance doesn’t apply to transportation hubs and public planes, trains, and buses.

Maloney explained in response to Rodgers’ tweet that she “was reading on my phone and my glasses were fogging up, but you were right: I should have had my mask on.”

Back to bipartisan

Maloney, who serves as chair of the House Oversight Committee, was also in the headlines recently for comments she made at a hearing on the riot at the U.S. Capitol that occurred on Jan. 6. According to the New York Daily News, the Democrat congresswoman charged that the Trump administration was “unprepared” for the unrest, “even though [it] was planned in plain sight on social media for the world to see.”

“It is our duty to understand what went wrong that day, to seek accountability, and to take action to prevent this from ever happening again,” Maloney added, according to the Daily News. “More than four months later, we’re still in the dark about exactly what went wrong.”

Her comments came just days before the House voted to establish what Reuters described as “an independent commission to probe the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.” The measure passed 252–175 despite the objections of most Republicans, who charged that the effort is little more than a partisan ploy to keep talk of the riot in the news until the 2022 midterm elections.

“It’s a partisan attempt to continue the false narrative of the left,” Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs (R) said ahead of the vote, according to the Arizona Republic. “They’re more interested in that than any of the rioting, the political division, disorder, and insurrection that’s been going on around the nation for over a year.”

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas expressed a similar sentiment, according to the Republic, urging colleagues: “Let’s get back to being bipartisan, and not use every tool as a partisan stick to beat Republicans with.”

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