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Tiara Mack, Rhode Island's youngest senator, was suspended from TikTok for posting a video of herself twerking for votes.

In the video, the 28-year-old politician twerks awkwardly while in a handstand.

Mack described the reaction to her twerking video as "misogyny, classism and racism" in a phone interview on Wednesday.

"My behavior on my Twitter, Instagram and TikTok are consistent with a young millennial who is in office and challenging norms," Mack said.

"I'm showing that leadership looks different and welcoming people into the many different facets of my life."

But not everyone agrees with her message. Twitter users called Mack's behavior disgraceful and shameful and they said she had no business being a state senator.

Mack's TikTok account was restored on Wednesday after being suspended on Tuesday.

"My community stands in overwhelming support of me," Mack said, referring to the LGBT+ community. "They know exactly what these attacks are and what these attacks can do, especially for a queer person of color."

Mack, who was elected in 2020, said the video was "a way to show that elected officials can be silly and have fun and enjoy a day off."

She believes the TikTok suspension was politically motivated after she proposed a bill last year that would require Rhode Island schools to provide sex education to children that "affirmatively recognize pleasure based sexual relations, different sexual orientations and be inclusive of same-sex relationships."

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Rhode Island's youngest Black senator embarrassed and humiliated her ancestors by releasing a TikTok video of herself twerking for votes.

Most insulting to many was the fact that Mack did such a horrible job twerking. Now she's complaining about the public backlash on social media.

Mack defended her actions on Twitter.com by blaming the news media for her problems.

"Damn. Twerking upside down really makes the conservative, unhinged internet accounts pop off on a Monday. can the media cover any policy wins had by the youngest Black state senator in Rhode Island? can the media also cover the 10+ bills I sponsored that the @RISenate never scheduled for a hearing? As a Black, queer woman you all should know the answer. It’s no. Let's them carry on their narrative. Me? I'm going to be joyful, free, and unbothered."

Who is Tiara Mack? And why did she think releasing a twerking video was a good idea in this political climate?

Ms. Mack is an educated 28-year-old Democrat who was among a group of young Black LGBT+ lawmakers who made history when they were elected to public office in 2020. She assumed office on Jan. 5, 2021.

Other LGBT+ lawmakers elected in 2020 include Kim Jackson, a lesbian in the Georgia State Senate; Mauree Turner, a lesbian Muslim elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives; and Michele Rayner-Goolsby, a lesbian in Florida's House of Representatives.

Mack, who is openly lesbian, was raised in Georgia and South Carolina by a single mother who worked as a teacher and struggled financially.

Mack moved to Providence, Rhode Island in 2012 and earned a BA in public health in 2016.

Check out more responses to Mack's video below.