Rashida Tlaib called 'FRAUD' for dancing maskless at wedding among large crowd in viral video

Rashida Tlaib previously slammed Rand Paul for taking to Twitter and urging supporters to ignore CDC's protocol


                            Rashida Tlaib called 'FRAUD' for dancing maskless at wedding among large crowd in viral video
Rashida Tlaib was called out by social media users for going maskless at an indoor wedding (Instagram/ Bassam Saleh)

'Squad' Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism online ever since videos of her dancing unmasked at an indoor wedding started doing the rounds. Many people called her out for being a hypocrite since the place where the wedding was, was in an area with "substantial" Covid transmission. 

The wedding had taken place on Sunday, August 8 and the Democrat Representative was captured unmasked, among a large crowd in Wayne County, Michigan, where virus transmission is reportedly so high that the CDC recommended wearing masks indoors. It took no time for haters and anti-vaxxers to call her out. Soon, the situation sparked a debate online. What made matters worse for Tlaib is the fact that it was the same day that she slammed Republican Senator Rand Paul for telling his followers to resist mask mandates and other protocols from the CDC.



 

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To add fuel to the fire, the dance happened a day after former Democratic President Barack Obama held a scaled-down 60th birthday party at his Martha's Vineyard compound.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wears a protective mask while walking through the Canon Tunnel to the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

One user wrote, "Maskless Rashida Tlaib parties all night long, dancing and hugging and carrying on ‘cause she’s of the squad, a little leftist elitist who does as she pleases. Then she and her friends demand that your children wear masks all day in class. It’s time to tell them to kiss your ass." Another user wrote, "The same people tweeting #FloridaCovid and #DeathSantis are defending Maskless Obama, Maskless Pelosi and Rashida Tlaib. This was never about safety for them. It was about politics. Otherwise they would hit the people on their side too. And @CNN will ignore." The same user added, "Rashida Tlaib, Obama, Pelosi. None of these people believe that the rules they dictate to you apply to them. They are the ruling class and you are the peasants. The same is true of establishment Republicans. You are being played."



 



 



 

Social media users did not mince their words - some called her a "fraud". "When you wanna party without a mask but you can't get invited to Obama's. @RashidaTlaib is a FRAUD," one user wrote.



 

As per the latest reports, the footage was taken at a wedding in Wayne County, Michigan, by Bassam Saleh, a band from Dearborn, Michigan that was performing there. On social media, there are videos doing the rounds that show Tlaib dancing among a crowd of wedding guests, holding hands, hugging members of the crowd and generally being very cordial. Additionally, reports also say that Saleh's Instagram features several dozen clips from the wedding and tags its location as Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, which is a venue in Dearborn, Michigan. However, it is unclear what Tlaib's relationship to the wedding party is/was and just how many people in the crowd were vaccinated.

Differences with Rand Paul

The same day as the wedding, Tlaib took to Twitter to write about just how she disagrees with Republican Senator Rand Paul. 

Paul had previously published a video urging his supporters to ignore the CDC's guidance on preventing the spread of the coronavirus. In the video, he says, "It's time for us to resist. They can't arrest all of us . . . We don't have to accept the mandates, lockdowns and harmful policies of the petty tyrants and bureaucrats. We can simply say no, not again. No one should follow the CDC's anti-science mask mandates". Additionally, he said that he will aim to cut funding to every school that requires mask mandates or hybrid learning.

Republican Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul questions Dr Anthony Fauci (not pictured), Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), during a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on May 11, 2021 in Washington, DC (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo-Pool/Getty Images)

On Twitter, Tlaib shared the video with a map from the Kentucky Department of Health that showed a high incidence rate of Covid-19 in almost every county in the state.

"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. He needs to put politics aside, and put people first. Start resisting the virus," she wrote. 



 

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