When it comes to pandemic-related rules, many politicians seem to have taken a “do as I say, not as I do” approach.
Among them is U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who was caught on camera joking that the only reason she was wearing a mask at a recent event was that a “Republican tracker” was filming her at the time, as the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The revealing remark from the far-left “Squad”-member from Michigan reportedly came during an event she attended in Detroit on Monday with President Joe Biden’s Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge.
Masking just for show
As can be seen in a video shared by the Free Beacon, a masked Tlaib was speaking with other masked individuals outdoors when an unmasked man approached and joined in the conversation.
Whether due to the congresswoman distancing herself from the man or a belief that he was being chastised for not wearing a mask, the man appeared to apologize, only for Tlaib to quickly step closer and correct his apparent misconception.
“Oh, no, oh, not you!” Tlaib said as she leaned in and briefly pulled her mask down to her chin, according to the Free Beacon. “No, no, no — I’m just wearing it because I’ve got a Republican tracker here,” she added with a wave of her hand toward the individual recording.
Caught on Video: @RashidaTlaib Admits She Only Wears Mask for Cameras
“I’m just wearing it because I’ve got a Republican tracker here”
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) October 6, 2021
Hypocritical virtue signaling
According to the Washington Examiner, this isn’t the first time that Rep. Tlaib has signaled hypocrisy by dismissing or violating the very same mask rules she’s publicly touted.
In August, Tlaib was spotted dancing the night away maskless at an indoor wedding reception in Dearborn, Michigan — an area where masks were strongly recommended for anyone gathered together in an indoor facility.
In fact, at that particular time, according to Fox News, Dearborn’s Wayne County was listed in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) “orange” category, meaning there was a “substantial risk” of COVID-19 transmission and thus, masks should be worn at all times indoors or among large crowds.
Compounding the congresswoman’s hypocrisy was the fact that just one day earlier, she had sharply criticized Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for encouraging Americans to ignore and “resist” the CDC’s recommendations and local restrictions based upon them — in other words, exactly what Tlaib did the following day.
The KY Senator is throwing a tantrum as his state is being swallowed whole by this virus, again.
People are getting sick and dying.
98 counties in Kentucky have a high incidence rate of COVID-19.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) August 9, 2021