Watch: Sen. Schumer and Rep. AOC Event in Queens Criticized as 'Photo-Op'

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Posted: Apr 15, 2020 3:45 PM
Watch: Sen. Schumer and Rep. AOC Event in Queens Criticized as 'Photo-Op'

Source: AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) are receiving criticism for a visit to the borough of Queens, New York on Tuesday. The pair of New York lawmakers held a gathering of a small group to make their pitch for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide monetary assistance for funerals. 

Sen. Schumer and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez’s event is being criticized as a “photo-op," in the zip code with the highest volume of positive COVID-19 cases nationwide:

The event, held as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo encourages New Yorkers to stay at home, was not live streamed as most events of its kind are. However, television broadcast networks were able to tape footage of Sen. Schumer and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. The New York lawmakers also took heat for not wearing masks, at least while speaking to the crowd, as their state guidelines encourage. 

Sen. Schumer and Rep. Ocasio Cortez made this trip to their home state as Democrats in Washington, D.C. continue to block funding for America’s small businesses.