Mike Lee, Positive With Coronavirus, Refuses To Wear Mask At Nomination Hearing
On Monday, just 10 days after testing positive for the coronavirus, Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) spoke at the first day of confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett sans face mask, according to Mediaite.
Lee turned up at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing wearing a mask, albeit in a manner that did not cover his nose, but took the mask off altogether when he spoke.
The senator said his doctor had cleared him to return to work, and Mediaite noted that it is unclear whether Lee is still contagious; however, the publication also noted that “political observers are horrified by the possibility that he permeated the disease throughout the room thanks to his maskless address.”
Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court was thrown into turmoil at the top of the month when President Donald Trump, his allies, and numerous top Republicans got infected by the coronavirus after a White House Rose Garden event. The gathering — deemed a super-spreader event — was held in celebration of Barrett’s nomination. Not only was Lee among those infected at the non-socially distanced affair, he was caught on film embracing people throughout the event.