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:
Turns out that electing selfish dipshits isn’t a good idea https://t.co/ZZVpngptID— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1610047328.0
Here are some more reactions:
@Bencjacobs @mikecherepko @PunchbowlNews This is further grounds for their censure and removal from office. Willful… https://t.co/Y5Oh7caAKE— Mark Moreland (@Mark Moreland) 1610045976.0
@Bencjacobs @PunchbowlNews There was also that one new rep who was pulled out early this morning bc his COVID test… https://t.co/eS7DvvEpjo— JP (@JP) 1610045389.0
@jaketapper Angry Jake is my Favorite Jake— Allison Winn Scotch (@Allison Winn Scotch) 1610047389.0
@Bencjacobs @maggieNYT @PunchbowlNews They also went back into the Capitol after hundreds of Trump cultists (who ha… https://t.co/TO5WlG726w— Debatably Blonde🇺🇸😷🌊 (@Debatably Blonde🇺🇸😷🌊) 1610045752.0
@jaketapper And right after an gop Arizona house member tested positive— moonlight halo films (@moonlight halo films) 1610047378.0
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