Rhode Island state senator Tiara Mack posted a campaign video of her twerking upside down in a bikini on the Fourth of July. The 28-year-old posted the “Vote Senator Mack” video on her official district’s TikTok page.
Someone is heard saying “That ass, that ass, that ass” as Mack does a headstand on the beach and twerks. The senator then appears on her feet saying, “Vote Senator Mack” before the video ends.
Mack captioned the clip, which has received a ton of attention on social media and from news outlets, “a promised senator thirst trap at Block Island.”
Others saw the video as a gift to those who make memes
The video received a lot of attention from people both in favor of and opposed to the twerking senator.
Supporters liked what they saw in the video, with one commenter saying, “I need to see more politicians doing [this].” Another contemplated moving to Rhode Island, “Tempted to move to RI just to say this is my senator.”
Those who opposed saw the video differently. “If this is what’s running for our country, we are in serious trouble,” commented someone who opposed the video. Another said, “If her opponent doesn’t use this video, do they even want to win??”
Others saw the video as a gift to those who make memes.
Mack hasn’t let the attention the video has created change her mind about posting it
Mack hasn’t let the attention the video has created change her mind about posting it. She hasn’t removed it and instead has decided to respond to its detractors.
One of Mack’s response videos connects the conversation about the video to abortion and body autonomy. The video is captioned, “Abortion. Trans rights. Intersex rights.”
“The crux of the conversation around abortion is about body autonomy. The crux of the conversation around trans rights is about body autonomy. And the crux of the conversation around intersex rights is about body autonomy.”
Mack is a Democratic representing District 6 in the Rhode Island Senate. She took office on January 5, 2021 after defeating sitting senator Harold Metts in the Democratic primary. When she was elected she became the first openly queer black person in the Rhode Island Senate.