A GOP staffer just sent a damning note about a Republican lawmaker who tested positive for coronavirus

A GOP staffer just sent a damning note about a Republican lawmaker who tested positive for coronavirus
Congressman Louie Gohmert of Texas speaking at the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland. Credit: Gage Skidmore
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Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, one of the most obnoxious and ignorant members of Congress, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday after being repeatedly seen not wearing a mask in contact with others.

And a report from Politico's Jake Sherman shortly after the news was revealed gave a damning glimpse into the congressman's reckless and cruel treatment of his own staff. In the newsletter Playbook, Sherman revealed he received the following note after reporting Gohmert had the virus from a member of the lawmaker's staff:

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 berated for wearing masks.

It's a searing indictment of the way the lax Republican attitude toward the virus has endangered their own people.

But it gets worse. Katherine Faulders of ABC News reported:

It shouldn't need to be said, but it is not necessary — and indeed should be avoided — to inform people in person that you have contracted an airborne virus.

It gets worse still.

Attorney General Bill Barr and Gohmert were seen walking in close proximity just yesterday without masks:

And now, it seems, Gohmert is trying to blame masks for the fact that he contracted the virus. To be clear, health experts do not believe that face coverings make it more likely for the wearer to contract the virus, and the evidence indicates it reduces the wearer's chance of spreading or contracting it. Medical doctors, of course, know this, which is why they frequently wear masks, especially when dealing with COVID-19 patients. But Gohmert spread this dangerous misinformation anyway:

And unfortunately, after Sherman sent out the Playbook newsletter, he revealed that the problem fo reckless behavior may extend well beyond Gohmert's office:

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