‘Shameful’: AOC hit when ‘squad’ colleague Ilhan Omar slams Congress members for early vaccinations

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar slammed members of Congress, including her Democrat colleagues, for getting the coronavirus vaccine ahead of vulnerable health care workers and the elderly.

For once, the Minnesota Democrat made a point many could agree with, including President Donald Trump who also expressed his view that White House staff shouldn’t get the vaccine before other segments of the country. Omar called out lawmakers over the weekend just as fellow squad member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was vaccinated.

After dragging their feet for months on extending relief to Americans crippled under COVID-19 restrictions and lockdowns, lawmakers patted themselves on the back for passing a $900 billion coronavirus package to avoid a government shutdown and lined up to get the vaccine.

Omar found it “disturbing” that members of Congress were being given doses of the vaccine while “frontline workers, elderly and infirm” have to wait on the product that is in high demand and short supply.

(Image: NBC News screenshot)

The progressive congresswoman, whose father died of complications from COVID-19 back in June, has blasted the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic. But on Sunday, she expressed her disgust with fellow lawmakers.

“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,” she tweeted. “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.”

She linked to a CNN interview she did earlier in the month discussing reports that White House staff would have access to the COVID-19 vaccine ahead of many Americans.

“Our frontline workers who’ve made the sacrifice to make the country run should be the priority, people who’ve been disproportionately impacted should be the priority,” Omar said at the time.

And while she has accused Trump of “dangerous criminal neglect” on the handling of the pandemic, her view of who should get the vaccine first echoed that of the president.

Vice President Mike Pence and his wife Karen were given the vaccine as were both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Ocasio-Cortez took to social media to tout her vaccination, saying she was available to anyone who had questions or fears.

Omar blasted the “shameful” vaccination of lawmakers based on their “importance” in another tweet on Sunday, declaring that she would not be getting vaccinated herself.

“We are not more important then frontline workers, teachers etc. who are making sacrifices everyday,” she wrote. “Which is why I won’t take it. People who need it most, should get it. Full stop.”

Many Twitter users felt it was necessary for lawmakers to set an example and urged Omar to get vaccinated.

But Omar’s position was shared by many, including those who have not agreed with the far-left congresswoman on anything before.

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