How Republican lawmakers reportedly endangered their own colleagues during the Capitol siege

How Republican lawmakers reportedly endangered their own colleagues during the Capitol siege

When a violent mob of far-right extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol Building on Wednesday, members of Congress naturally feared for their safety and were taken to a secure location. Punchbowl News reports that according to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, "at least 50" House Republicans put their colleagues at risk in that location by refusing to wear masks.

The House lawmaker told Punchbowl that "a severe COVID outbreak" is "coming" because of those House Republicans — who were "asked repeatedly" to wear masks inside the secure location but refused. According to Punchbowl's source, "Older Dem members pleaded, and they wouldn't do it."

CNN's Jake Tapper, after seeing Punchbowl's report, bluntly tweeted:

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