Republican Lawmakers Are Not Permitting Their Staffers To Wear Masks
Politico journalist Jake Sherman reports receiving a slew of emails from GOP staffers who say they are being forced to come to work without masks, including one who suggested Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) berated staff for wearing face coverings, according to AlterNet.
- The far-right congressman, who tested positive for Covid-19 this week, has been very critical of wearing face masks to protect against the virus.
- After the media reported Gohmert’s diagnosis, Sherman received a number of emails from GOP staffers who complained about being berated for wearing masks by Gohmert.
- One email read:
“Jake, thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the Coronavirus. 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 (were) berated for wearing masks.”
- After tweeting about the email, “Sherman reported that he had ‘gotten a flood of e-mails from Republican staffers who say they too are being forced to come to the Hill without a mask now.’”
- Gohmert has refused to reverse his position on masks, despite testing positive. He argued:
“I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on — keeping it in place — if I might’ve got some germ, some of the virus, on the mask and breathed it in.”