Sen. Rand Paul went viral online with a video in which he encouraged the American people to resist the “mandates, lockdowns, and harmful policies of petty tyrants and bureaucrats,” referring to mask mandates and vaccine requirements instituted during the coronavirus pandemic. After the release of the video, some online began to call out Paul for perceived hypocrisy over a picture of Paul receiving a shot purported to be the coronavirus vaccine:
The picture doesn’t show Paul getting vaccinated against coronavirus; it’s from a New York Times article published in 2015 and shows Paul getting a Hepatitis A booster shot. Paul has said he won’t get a coronavirus vaccine because he has already had the virus. Paul’s office did not respond to a request for comment.
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