A Shameless Gohmert Tries To Blame Masks For Getting COVID-19

ABC News reports Congressman Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19

The Texas lawmaker, who had previously refused to wear a mask amid the pandemic, said he tested positive for COVID-19 in a quick test at the executive mansion, as well as in a follow-up swab test.

Gohmert had participated in Tuesday's high-profile House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr, and was seen without a mask near Barr and others. Gohmert had to cancel his trip and is planning to isolate.

"Too many Republicans have continued to act extraordinarily irresponsibly, including Louie Gohmert".

Gohmert's office and the Justice Department didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment. He checked positive for coronavirus on Wednesday early morning throughout a pre-flight screening at the White House, a individual knowledgeable about the circumstance informed CNN.

"I didn't have any of the symptoms that you see listed for the coronavirus".

In a CNN interview in June, Gohmert defended his decision not to wear a mask at all times in the Capitol.

"It's really ironic because a lot of people have made a really big deal about my not wearing a mask a whole lot. I've regularly instructed all members to wear their masks and hope this is a lesson by all my colleagues".

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Hoyer said Gohmert's positive test should restart consideration for a mandatory testing program for all lawmakers, dozens of whom have been traveling back and forth this summer to states that are considered covid-19 hot spots.

Informed of Gohmert's positive test, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., told reporters that too many Republicans followed Trump into the anti-mask movement exclusively for political reasons.

The Texas Republican appears to be the 10th member of Congress to test positive for or presumed to be positive for the virus.

In another hearing Wednesday, Rep Zoe Lofgren inserted to advise members who are physically present that they are needed to wear a mask.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has also pushed the use of masks, and most senators have worn them. "That's a concern", said Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, New York Democrat. "To stop violating the safety of the members of the committee".

The Republican lawmaker has been known for speaking at length with Capitol colleagues while not adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Mr. Hoyer said they might reconsider.

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