A Rhode Island state senator has gotten pushback for posting a video of herself twerking upside down on a beach on July 4.
Democratic Rhode Island State Senator Tiara Mack posted the video on her TikTok page, following up with a message to vote for her in the upcoming elections. Mack, a self-described queer person, captioned the video, “a promised senator thirst trap at block island.”
Twitter page Libs of TikTok reposted the video with the caption, “Rhode Island State Senator Tiara Mack (D) made this video encouraging people to vote for her. She also sponsored a bill for teaching kids ‘queer inclusive, pleasure-based sex ed’”
The aforementioned bill was sponsored by Mack and other Rhode Island Democrats. It was intended to amend Rhode Island Sex Education to include topics of healthy relationships and boundaries. However, the use of the term, “pleasure-based sex ed” received significant backlash from conservatives.
Mack tweeted at the time that she was “Really excited for the house sex ed bill hearing later today. Teaching comprehensive, queer inclusive, pleasure based sex ed was a highlight of my time teaching”
Mack received pushback from bipartisan sources and claimed to be surprised that “conservative, unhinged internet accounts” responded to a video of an elected official twerking in a bikini.
“Damn. Twerking upside down really makes the conservative, unhinged internet accounts pop off on a Monday,” she tweeted.
Mack defended her decision to Democrats as well, replying to one by saying, “girl. I have an Ivy League degree and am a state senator. Hate to break it to you. Their decorum isn’t for us. They can’t respect us in a system designed to oppress us.”
In another video posted to her TikTok, Mack co-opted a line from “Mean Girls,” posting a video with the caption,“I’m not a regular senator, I’m a HOT senator.”
Mack had previously criticized her opponent in the upcoming Democratic primary, claiming he was “someone who uses the Bible as an excuse for his consistent right wing policies that harm the LGBTQ community and impact access to reproductive health.”
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