Reporter Claims Several Republican Staffers Have Told Him They Have Been Barred From Wearing Masks At The Capitol

Clearly, Republican lawmakers don't even care about protecting their own staffers.

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Shortly after reports surfaced that Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert tested positive for coronavirus after repeatedly refusing to wear a mask at the Capitol, GOP staffers are revealing that they have been forced to leave their masks at home.

Coronavirus has already killed more than 150,000 Americans and is highly communicable. Despite the contagiousness and deadliness of the virus, Gohmert and many other Republican lawmakers refuse to wear masks against the advice of health experts.

And Gohmert paid the price for his ignorance because he tested positive for the virus.


But rather than immediately go home and quarantine, Gohmert showed up at his Capitol office to announce to his staffers in person that he had tested positive, all without wearing a mask.

It’s flagrantly irresponsible and will likely result in others getting sick as well.

As it turns out, Gohmert’s office policies have set the stage for just such an outbreak — because a member of his team sent a note to Politico’s Jake Sherman alleging that Gohmert forced all of his staffers to come back to work and berates them for wearing a mask.

“Jake, thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus,” the note said. “When you write your story, can you include the fact that Louie requires full staff to be in the office, including three interns, so that ‘we could be an example to America on how to open up safely.’ When probing the office, you might want to ask how often were people berated for wearing masks.”

Not long after receiving that message and making it public, Sherman received messages from other Republican staffers that they have also been forced to work without wearing a mask, thus exposing themselves to the virus.

Apparently, Republican lawmakers actually want their staffers to get and sick and potentially die from the virus. And for what? So they can prove how “tough” they are? So they can prove they are somehow more “patriotic”? Are they letting themselves and their staffers get sick to “own the libs”?

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This is not just irresponsible, it’s disturbing and proves Republicans cannot be trusted to lead during a public health crisis. Because they don’t even care about protecting their own people.

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