Teachers union chief criticized for going maskless at Puerto Rico conference: Report

The president of a major teachers union is facing criticism for failing to wear a mask at the recent SOMOS conference in Puerto Rico, despite long being a proponent of mandatory masking in schools.

Breitbart reported Sunday that American Federation of Teachers (AFT) president Randi Weingarten has taken flak after photos showed her sans mask in what one observer described as a “packed room.”

“I’m sorry”

At least one message of criticism caught the eye of Weingarten, who was quick to make excuses for the apparent oversight.

“You could not be [at the conference] or the hotel or panel [without] proof of vaccination,” Weingarten wrote in a tweet in response to the pushback. “I had also just done a rapid COVID test [and] was negative.”

Still, she admitted she should have set a better example. “Frankly I think you are right,” she wrote. “If kids are wearing masks in schools to protect themselves [and] others educators must wear masks inside as well. I’m sorry.”

In a subsequent tweet, Weingarten insisted that she wears a mask “most of the time” while indoors. “We took them off as people were having a hard time hearing us,” she explained, according to Breitbart.

Spend, spend, spend

But Weingartner isn’t the only one facing pushback over the SOMOS retreat. According to the New York Post, outgoing New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is under fire for forcing taxpayers to fund his trip to Puerto Rico.

De Blasio reportedly “attended the five-day beachside conference running alongside first lady Chirlane McCray and six employees.” According to the Post, “de Blasio and McCray’s son Dante also attended, but paid his own way.”

Taxpayers also footed the bill for New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) to make the trek, along with several aides, the Post said.

It’s unclear how much the final bill for the trip totaled, as reports note. In any case, it doesn’t seem de Blasio is regretting the move.

“For us, we are non-stop doing work on issues — literally all the time,” he insisted, according to the Post. “I had meetings since the moment I got here with people about issues and problems in their community, elected officials, labor leaders, civic leaders.”

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