Rep. Louie Gohmert, after testing positive for the virus Wednesday, went to the Rayburn House office building and told his staff about his diagnosis – in person.
The far-right congressmember and coronavirus skeptic has publicly refused to wear a mask even when talking to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday.
No one is apparently thrilled with Gohmert right now, least of all Rep. Jerry Nadler who wished Gohmert a “speedy recovery” and then reminded House members, once again, to wear masks. Nadler called out several House members for forgoing them during Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing with Barr, whom a maskless Gohmert had just talked to.
Politico‘s Jake Sherman wasn’t exactly thrilled about the lack of testing happening in Congress either. Both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have opposed getting rapid tests for legislators despite urging from two Republican senators.
But yesterday Pelosi called for mandatory masks for all House members and staff.
Maybe I shouldnt be saying this —but you know what? I don’t care— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 29, 2020
It’s nuts that Congress is not testing members for COVID before they come into the Capitol
they are traveling from all over. Some cannot be trusted to follow safety protocols. Why should the rest of us be at risk
ACTUALLY… here is a video of AG Barr and Gohmert.— Olivia Beavers (@Olivia_Beavers) July 29, 2020
While Barr arrived with a mask, it was off when he walked into the hearing room, so both men were not wearing masks at this time. pic.twitter.com/xm6wuq6QvW
(via The Week)