Put aside your opinions on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Can we just all agree…
That IF it does indeed work… and that IF it is indeed safe… then our front line workers and those most vulnerable (the elderly!) should be first in line to take it?
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I think we would be all on the same page.
Any compassionate and caring human being would be.
Congresswoman AOC was one of the first in line to get the new COVID-19 vaccine.
She even livestreamed herself taking the vaccine.
Meanwhile, a shortage of vaccine supply means that frontline medical workers across the country are unable to take the vaccine.
Elderly people are also waiting for more doses to become available to the public.
Now… AOC is being brutally criticized for taking the vaccine for herself, especially as a young healthy person!
You can watch the video here:
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) December 21, 2020
Is she over 70? How on earth did AOC get first in line for the vaccine? https://t.co/Y5IgdCUVCW
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) December 21, 2020
— Chris 🇺🇸 (@Chris_1791) December 21, 2020
I was asked about getting vaccinated with others in Congress:
It is inappropriate for me – who has already gotten the virus/has immunity – to get in front of elderly/healthcare workers.
Same goes for AOC or any young healthy person. They should be among last, not first.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) December 21, 2020
You know things are bad when even members of your own squad are angry at you!
The New York Post confirms that Ilhan Omar is furious that AOC took the vaccine before frontline workers and the most vulnerable:
Progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar on Sunday called it “shameful” that young, healthy lawmakers — such as fellow “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) — are receiving the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors and frontline workers.
The Minnesota congresswoman has joined a growing number of lawmakers who have vowed not to take the miracle Pfizer drug out of concerns they are jumping the line.
“It’s now clear that we don’t have enough vaccines for everyone and there is shortage of supply, we have to prioritize those who need it most,” Omar wrote on Sunday.
“That’s why it’s disturbing to see members be 1st to get vaccine while most frontline workers, elderly and infirm in our districts, wait.”
The congresswoman’s father died due to complications from COVID-19 in June.
The message appears to be a clear shot at lawmakers like her fellow progressive AOC (D-NY), who recorded herself receiving the vaccine live on Instagram on Friday and encouraged her millions of followers to ask questions.
In a follow-up tweet, Omar said it was “shameful” that lawmakers were receiving the vaccine not because of their age, but their importance.
“It would makes sense if it was age, but unfortunately it’s of importance and its shameful,” she wrote.
“We are not more important then frontline workers, teachers etc. who are making sacrifices everyday. Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it. Full stop.”
On Monday morning, former Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also blasted lawmakers for taking the coronavirus vaccine before American seniors — and declared she wouldn’t receive the vaccine until the elderly could.
“I planned to take the vaccine but will now stand in solidarity with our seniors by not doing so until they can. I urge my colleagues in Congress who are under the age of 65 and healthy to join me,” she said in a Twitter video.
Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, 38, retweeted Gabbard, adding, “I’m with you Tulsi!”
It’s not a good look for congresswoman!
Especially one who claims to care for the oppressed!
The privilege of being a Congress woman 👩 you get the vaccine prior to a front line worker! What a shameful behavior inconsiderate and selfish! 🦠 @AOC @realDonaldTrump #Hypocrite pic.twitter.com/A92Xhrr09R
— Karina Howard (@karinahoward_) December 22, 2020
Personally I think you are a cocksucker who revels in storing up shit. They are all providing leadership to allay fees of the vaccine no matter if you agree with their politics. https://t.co/sTXwHmO5jX
— Brent M. Byers (@Brent_M_Byers) December 20, 2020
It appears that a fracture is growing in the “Squad.”
Before, these gals used to be inseparable.
Now, it appears differences are growing over COVID-19.
Fox News confirms that Ilhan Omar indeed slammed AOC for her actions, calling it “shameful”:
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., criticized her fellow lawmakers over the weekend for putting themselves ahead of frontline workers and vulnerable populations who she says should receive the coronavirus vaccine first.
As members of Congress began to receive doses, Omar said on Twitter that it was “shameful” for lawmakers to be prioritized for the vaccine.
“We are not more important [than] frontline workers, teachers, etc. who are making sacrifices [every day],” Omar wrote. “Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it.”
The congresswoman made similar comments in an interview with CNN last week, where she said prioritizing White House staff was “disturbing.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., were among those who received vaccinations on Friday – part of a campaign to encourage Americans to get the shot themselves.
Omar’s fellow Squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., received a dose over the weekend and made herself available to answer questions about the experience on social media.
Like Omar, some lawmakers have said they are reluctant to be among the first to be vaccinated so they’re not seen as jumping the line. But others enthusiastically made appointments.
“Millions of Americans are waiting for shots, many of whom are workers on the front lines of this pandemic,” tweeted Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia, who was among those to receive one. “I am not more important than they are, but national leaders must lead by example.”
Will the Squad stick together in 2021?
Time will tell!
But this certainly isn’t a strong way to close out 2020.
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) December 21, 2020