At Least 9 GOP Lawmakers Refused To Put on Masks Throughout The Capitol Lockdown

Three Democratic members of Congress have examined optimistic for COVID-19, and so they all have pointed to a day spent locked down with colleagues who refused to put on masks as a possible level of contraction.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) put out a scathing assertion Tuesday after her optimistic prognosis, stating that “anybody who refuses to put on a masks needs to be absolutely held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”

She additionally referred to as for “severe fines … on each single Member who refuses to put on a masks within the Capitol,” and mentioned the sergeant-at-arms ought to instantly take away any member from the ground who gained’t comply.  

Reps. Brad Schneider (D-Ailing.) and Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) have additionally examined optimistic.

“I used to be compelled to spend a number of hours in a safe however confined location with dozens of different Members of Congress. A number of Republican lawmakers within the room adamantly refused to put on a masks,” Schneider mentioned Tuesday.

“Following the occasions of Wednesday, together with sheltering with a number of colleagues who refused to put on masks, I made a decision to take a Covid check. I’ve examined optimistic,” Watson Coleman tweeted Monday.

When a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, officers rushed quite a lot of lawmakers, reporters and staffers right into a protected, undisclosed location.

Greater than 100 individuals have been within the room collectively for so long as a number of hours, a supply who was there advised HuffPost.

Not less than 9 Republican Home members weren’t sporting masks for prolonged durations of time, in accordance with the supply, in addition to video of the lawmakers. They included:

Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.)

Punchbowl Information revealed video Friday displaying Biggs, Cloud, Greene, LaMalfa, Mullin and Perry within the room, refusing to put on masks supplied Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.).

“I’m not attempting to get political right here,” Mullin mentioned.

“Congresswoman Greene is a wholesome grownup who examined adverse for COVID on the White Home on 1/4,” a Greene spokesperson advised HuffPost. “She doesn’t imagine wholesome Individuals needs to be compelled to muzzle themselves with a masks. America must reopen and get again to regular.”

Greene is a backer of the QAnon conspiracy idea that asserts Trump is combating a “deep state” cabal of kid traffickers. She has made movies selling racist, anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim views.

Mark Spannagel, LaMalfa’s chief of workers, didn’t touch upon LaMalfa’s lack of a masks. As an alternative, he blamed Democrats for the leak of the video to Punchbowl Information, and criticized Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for permitting members who had examined optimistic for COVID-19 to vote in individual for the speaker election.

“On condition that Speaker Pelosi pressured Covid optimistic Democrats to come back to Washington and put them within the Home Chambers to make sure her election as Speaker, Democrats ought to take an extended take a look at the hypocrisy of their caucus earlier than attacking Republicans,” Spannagel mentioned. “Sending out video of the one of many Capitol’s ‘undisclosed areas’ that might simply be recognized these educated of the rooms simply endangers everybody if it have been wanted subsequent time. All to fulfill the necessity for partisan grandstanding.”

The opposite lawmakers didn’t reply to requests for remark.

Blunt Rochester advised CNN that she was “very involved we have been sitting in a super-spreader occasion, however as a substitute of sitting again and lamenting, I attempted to enter motion to try to persuade individuals” to place masks on.

The Home sergeant-at-arms additionally reminded members that they have been in shut quarters and it was essential to put on masks, a suggestion that Democrats applauded.

Most of the maskless Republicans have been congregated collectively, and Democrats tried to avoid that nook of the room.

Congress’ attending doctor, Brian Monahan, despatched a letter to lawmakers on Sunday, warning them that somebody within the room that day could have been contaminated with the coronavirus.

“The time on this room was a number of hours for some and briefer for others. Throughout this time, people could have been uncovered to one other occupant with coronavirus an infection,” the e-mail learn. “Please proceed your traditional day day coronavirus threat discount measures (day day symptom stock guidelines, masks put on, and social distancing). Moreover, people ought to acquire an RT-PCR coronavirus check subsequent week as a precaution.”

Two different GOP lawmakers, Rep. Jake LaTurner (Kan.) and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (Tenn.), have additionally examined optimistic for COVID-19 because the Jan. 6 siege, however each advised The Washington Publish they weren’t within the secured room that day.

Simply in the future after the right-wing riot on the Capitol, the USA hit a grim milestone: the deadliest day of the pandemic to date, with greater than 4,000 deaths.

This piece has been up to date with two further lawmakers who’ve examined optimistic after Jan. 6. 

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