WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez hopped over the counter to get to the Queens Pride Parade Sunday — turning to cold medicines to get her out of bed after initially calling in sick.
“Couldn’t let this suit go to waste. Thanks to some extra rest, medicine + vaporu we were able to rally + join everybody for a bit at Pride today,” she tweeted later Sunday afternoon. The New York Democrat included a photo of herself wearing a light blue crushed velvet pantsuit.
Earlier in the day she told supporters she wouldn’t be making the parade. “Hey everyone – I was super excited to march in Queens Pride today, but sadly I came down with a really bad cold this weekend and won’t be able to make it,” she tweeted. “Our organizers will be marching + tabling at the festival with resources for the community. Celebrate extra for me!”
She later posted a video of herself holding up a box of Dayquil and Nyquil.
“Is this not the most Puerto Rican Dayquil you’ve ever seen?” she mused. “It’s got Vicks VaporRub on the pill,” adding that her “abuela” – which is Spanish for grandmother – would be proud.
The freshman congresswoman eventually made her way to the festival saying “lots of makeup” and cold medicine helped.
“Harold and Kumar go to White Castle” actor Kal Penn, who worked in President Obama’s White House before moving to New York to resume his acting career, tweeted that he had been hanging with a “buddy who’s a DREAMer, was offered free @nycHealthy condoms by a hijabi woman, and ran into @AOC,” he said, linking to Ocasio-Cortez’s Twitter account. “I love my city,” Penn said.
Ocasio-Cortez also posed for photos with Tiffany Caban, a fellow Democratic Socialist who’s running for Queens District Attorney.