Representative Marjorie Taylor Green defended her decision not to wear a mask when she was locked in a safe room with other members of the House during the Capitol riots, and the Georgian Republican pushed back Democrats who now accuse her and other masked GP members of their latest positives. for coronavirus tests.
Green said she tested negative for COVID-19 on Jan. 4 at the White House and did not believe healthy Americans should be forced to stab themselves with a mask.
“It’s absolutely ridiculous and insane to blame us,” Green told Fox News. “[We] had no COVID or any symptoms. “
The newly elected member of the Chamber said that “Healthy people do not spread COVID”
Asymptomatic and asymptomatic people can still spread COVID-19 to other people, even when they do not feel sick. That’s why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping a distance of six feet and wearing a mask to stop the spread.
Green was one of six House Republicans caught on video by Punchbowl News huddled together – and without masks – during the lockout as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Democrat Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware turned to CSO members in their masks, but they refused.
After a lengthy lock-up, the Capitol doctor told Congress on January 10 that members who had been housed for hours in a safe room during Wednesday’s riot could be at risk for coronavirus.
“People may have been exposed to another resident with a coronavirus infection,” Dr. Brian P. Monahan wrote to members of the House on Sunday.
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Since then, at least three Democrats have tested positive for coronavirus and blamed their time in the safe room for their exhibit: representatives Brad Schneider of Illinois, Pramila Jayapal of Washington, and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey.
Schnieder on Tuesday vehemently commented to his GOP colleagues that they went without masks in the same room as him, and called for their “selfishness” and “disregard for decency.”
“Today I am in strict isolation, worried that I risked my wife’s health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-masks who put their own contempt and disregard for the decency of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff,” Schneider said. statement.
Jayapal also shot his GOP colleagues without masks for the result of his COVID-19 test, saying they “brutally refused to wear a mask, but recklessly mocked colleagues and employees who offered it to them.”
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Representative Grace Meng, DN.Y., posted the video of the masked GP members in the safe room and shot them as “recklessly endangering the lives of my colleagues, employees and reporters.”
Green strongly opposes the restrictions on coronavirus and has previously called the masks “depressant.” She wants countries and businesses to reopen, and she believes the halt is too harsh compared to the survival rates of those infected with the virus. She says she wears a mask around her father, who has cancer, because it is important for people at extreme risk to be safe.
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Green said that if anyone is to blame for the coronavirus outbreak in the Capitol, House President Nancy Pelosi, of California, has left the reputation of Gwen Moore, DN.J. come to the Capitol and vote on the floor of the House for her lecture position after a positive coronavirus test. She said Pelosi put his colleagues at risk of winning a narrow vote for a speaker.
“It is absolutely foolish for people to blame us when Representative Moore and others entered the hall, the Capitol building and the city with COVID,” Green said.
“The blame is entirely on Nancy Pelosi and the positive COVID members who brought COVID to the Capitol,” Green added.
Representative Lauren Bobert, R-Colo, also called Pelosi.
“Nancy Pelosi put us at risk by introducing a COVID positive member of the House of Commons,” Bobert said.
Moore was not in the secure room at the time of the lockout with the other members, who had recently been diagnosed with coronavirus, according to her office.
Moore said she took a coronavirus test 11 days before the speaker’s vote and said she had received permission to travel to the Capitol from her doctor. Moore, who appeared to vote for Pelosi as a speaker on Jan. 3, said she was diagnosed with the virus on Dec. 23.
Moore issued a statement about her diagnosis on December 28, six days before the speaker’s vote – which probably sparked the initial fervor that she could travel to DC in the middle of quarantine.
Moore, who was seen wearing a mask on the floor of the House, said she did not put her colleagues at risk.
I would like to reassure all my colleagues, voters and people working at the Capitol that I have followed all the instructions of the doctor and the CDC after my diagnosis and isolation of COVID-19 and that I have recovered from COVID and work safely. and to vote on behalf of the people of Wisconsin’s Fourth Congressional District, “Moore said in a statement at the time.” to put health and public health first. “
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The CDC recommends that you stay home for 14 days after exposure to coronavirus and isolate yourself for 10 days after the onset of the first symptom or for 10 days after a positive test if no symptoms develop. Sunday, January 2, would be the tenth day after Moore’s positive test, although she did not say whether symptoms had developed.
A Democratic aide told Fox News that the doctor had cleared Moore of being on the floor of the House and that management was not interfering with the doctor’s work. “There’s no way the source of this is Gwen Moore,” a Fox News aide said.
“If a doctor clears Gwen Moore to be on the floor, it’s not a risk.”
Meanwhile, three other members of Congress were allowed to vote for Pelosi as a speaker through “special arrangements” as they were still in their quarantine windows, although testing was negative for the virus, according to Politico.
In addition to Green, the other GOP members spotted in the shelter refusing to wear masks in the video are Reps. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Michael Cloud of Texas. Fox News asked all congressmen why they do not wear masks and when was the last time they tested negative for coronavirus. They did not respond to requests for comment.
The sixth member of Congress, Doug LaMalfa, R-California, is also seen in the video without masks, but his office said it was because he had just sat down to eat.
“He was obviously eating and drinking during this video, and his mask was next to him on the table,” Mark Spanagel, LaMalfa’s chief of staff, told Fox News.
Like Green, LaMalfa’s office called on Pelosi and the Democrats to be hypocritical.
“Given that Speaker Pelosi pressured COVID’s positive Democrats to come to Washington and bring them to the House of Parliament to secure her election as President, Democrats must consider their hypocrisy in their parliamentary ranks for a long time before attacking Republicans, “said Spanagel, who declined to name specific members.
Spanagel also blew up the leaked video from the safe location for the purposes of a “guerrilla rostrum”.
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At least 64 current and incoming members of Congress have been tested for coronavirus since last year. One incoming member, Republican Luke Letlow, R-La., Died on Dec. 29 after contracting the virus.
The household responded to the Capitol’s last outbreak by restricting masks. The chamber was due to vote as a rule on Tuesday night, which will impose a $ 500 fine on members who do not wear masks on the floor of the House and $ 2,500 for a second violation, according to a senior aide to the Democratic Chamber.
Morgan Phillips of Fox News contributed to this report.