Wednesday, 23 December 2020

Maskless NYC Republican club members do the CONGA and shake their hips to Bee Gees disco song at their holiday party

 Shocking footage from a holiday party held by a group of New York City conservatives shows revelers forgoing face masks and dancing in a conga line amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

Video of the festivity - which was held by the  Whitestone Republican Club in Queens on December 9 - was shared to social media earlier this week, and quickly went viral. 

In the footage, 16 maskless members of the club can be seen shaking their hips to the Bee Gees disco hit 'You Should Be Dancing'. 

One of the revelers waves a Trump 2020 flag as another proudly sports a Make America Great Again hat. 

Many of the invitees were elderly, but appeared unbothered by the ongoing pandemic that has killed more than 300,000 people across America.  

'The Whitestone Republican Club in NYC apparently held a Christmas party this year without a care in the world about COVID,' journalist Matt Binder wrote beneath the clip, which has been viewed more than two million times.   

Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters on a conference call Tuesday: 'I saw the video. Covid conga lines are not smart. That is my official position. Why you would do an unmasked Covid conga line in the middle of a pandemic defies logical explanation.'


Footage from the Whitestone Republican Club's festivity - held in Queens on December 9 - showed maskless members forming a conga line and dancing to the Bee Gees

Footage from the Whitestone Republican Club's festivity - held in Queens on December 9 - showed maskless members forming a conga line and dancing to the Bee Gees 

Governor Cuomo has blasted a group of New York City conservatives after they danced indoors without masks at a holiday party

Governor Cuomo has blasted a group of New York City conservatives after they danced indoors without masks at a holiday party

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The party took place inside Il Bacco Ristorante in Little Neck, Queens. Back in September, owners of the establishment sued Cuomo and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio to restart indoor dining. 

One of the women caught in the conga line was Vickie Paladino - a GOP candidate running to represent Queens' District 19. 

Paladino has not publicly commented on the footage. 


The festivities come as New York struggles to contain a second wave of COVID-19 infections. 

On Monday, New York state reported more than 9,000 new COVID-19 infections, and more than 1,000 residents are currently in Intensive Care Units battling the virus. 

Many prominent Republicans have long expressed their reluctance to wear face masks or tamp down on large indoor gatherings.  

One of the women caught in the conga line was Vickie Paladino - a GOP candidate running to represent Queens’ District 19. She is seen above in black

One of the women caught in the conga line was Vickie Paladino - a GOP candidate running to represent Queens' District 19. She is seen above in black 

Many of the members in the video were elderly, but appeared to be unbothered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has stricken New York and killed 300,000 people across America

Many of the members in the video were elderly, but appeared to be unbothered by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that has stricken New York and killed 300,000 people across America

One of the revelers waves a Trump 2020 flag while another can be seen wearing a Make America Great Again hat

One of the revelers waves a Trump 2020 flag while another can be seen wearing a Make America Great Again hat

The vision of the club's conga line dancing angered thousands on social media. 

'Not one of them should get a vaccine or treatment for Covid. Not one,' one person raged on Twitter. 

'I'm sorry for the healthcare workers that will have to take care of them when they get Covid!!' another added. 

A third person chimed in: 'They DON'T have a care in the world, 'cause they know they'll be able to jump the queue to get the vaccine before rule-followers, or if they need hospitalization, they'll get the best of care that 'ordinary' Americans can't get. Infuriating.'

There didn't appear to be a mask in sight at the holiday party, which was held inside Il Bacco Ristorante in Little Neck, Queens

There didn't appear to be a mask in sight at the holiday party, which was held inside Il Bacco Ristorante in Little Neck, Queens

More than a dozen revelers joined the conga line as they danced up a storm at the holiday party

More than a dozen revelers joined the conga line as they danced up a storm at the holiday party

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