Some House Republicans refused to wear masks during the Capitol siege. At least 3 lawmakers have since tested positive for COVID

Some House Republicans refused to wear masks during the Capitol siege. At least 3 lawmakers have since tested positive for COVID

Following the January 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol Building by far-right extremists, Punchbowl Media reported that when members of Congress were in a secure location during that attack, "at least 50" House Republicans refused to wear masks — and Rep. Brad Schneider of Illinois, a Democrat, is the latest member of Congress who has since tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. Others have included Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, both Democrats.

In an official statement, Schneider called out the Republicans who refused to wear a mask during the siege.

"Last Wednesday, after narrowly escaping a violent mob incited by the president of the United States to attack the Capitol Building and its occupants, I was forced to spend several hours in a secure but confined location with dozens of other members of Congress," Schneider explained. "Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask."

Schneider, in his statement, noted that Coleman is a "75-year-old cancer survivor."

Schneider went on to say, "We can no longer tolerate members (of Congress) coming to the floor or gathering in the halls of Congress without doing the bare minimum to protect those around them."

Jayapal is also blaming maskless GOP members of Congress for her COVID-19 diagnosis. The progressive Democratic congresswoman tweeted:





Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close