Rand Paul
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
Greg Nash/Pool via AP
  • A Kentucky resident told Sen. Rand Paul to "get f—ed" during a virtual town hall meeting.
  • The interaction was posted on TikTok before being deleted.
  • Paul has been criticized for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccine and encouraging people to ditch masks.
  • See more stories on Insider's business page.

Sen. Rand Paul was told to "get f—ed" during a virtual town hall meeting.

The Kentucky senator was taking calls from constituents when one caller named Alexis Toon said, "Hi Senator, I'm a proud Kentucky citizen, and I just wanted to tell you to get f—ed."

Paul and his aide momentarily pause before the aide says, "Alright, we'll go ahead to our next question."

Toon posted the exchange on TikTok with the caption, "for some unknown reason they called and asked if I'd like to join the town hall Q&A so I took the opportunity and ran with it."

The video has since been removed.

It's not clear why Toon took issue with the Republican senator, but Paul has often been criticized for the stances he has taken during the pandemic.

He has said he will not be getting a COVID-19 vaccine and has encouraged people who have had the virus or been vaccinated to "throw your mask away."

COVID-19 cases have been rising in Kentucky in counties with low vaccination rates.

Paul has also often clashed with Dr. Anthony Fauci, recently butting heads during a heated Senate hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Kentucky senator will be up for reelection in 2022, running against former Kentucky state legislator Charles Booker.

Read the original article on Business Insider