Republican Representative Lauren Boebert reportedly threw a COVID-19 facemask at a House staffer who tried to hand her over Wednesday morning.
Boebert, an anti-vaxxer who has downplayed the devastating effects of the coronavirus pandemic, had reportedly thrown the mask in the face of a Democratic congressional staffer who handed it to her on Wednesday.
“The same Democratic staffer who tried to hand me that muzzle just tried to vote on our motion to suspend,” Boebert tweeted Wednesday.
“Democrats always find a way for people who don’t qualify to vote.”
She also attacked the reinstated mask mandate as “anti-science” and “totalitarian” in another tweet.
Boebert’s attack on the employee was first reported by Sarah Ferris of Politico and Ben Siegel of ABC News.
‘Wow. GOP representative Lauren Boebert just threw a mask in the face of a floor worker when she came to the floor without wearing one, according to someone watching the exchange,” Ferris tweeted.
Meanwhile, Siegel tweeted: “Rep. Lauren Boebert just threw a mask back at a Democratic floor employee who tried to give her one, per a House source who saw it happen.”
Republican Representative Lauren Boebert reportedly threw a COVID-19 face mask at a home worker who tried to hand her over Wednesday morning
Boebert had thrown the mask in the face of a Democratic congressional staffer
She also attacked the mask mandate as ‘anti-science’ and ‘totalitarian’
The House has reinstated its mask mandate amid a wave of the Delta variant after Congressional attending physician Dr. Brian P. Monahan, in a memo late Tuesday night, said he was recommending the change.
“For all House Office Buildings, the Hall of the House, and House Committee Meetings, the wearing of a well-fitting, medical-grade, filtration face mask is required when a person is in an interior space and other persons are present,” the memo read. .
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a new guideline on Tuesday calling on vaccinated people in some parts of the US to wear masks indoors in public areas such as the Capitol.
Many Republicans have complained that such government edicts infringe on individual freedoms.
‘Mask and Vaccine Mandates: Bullying, Controlling, Unconstitutional, Threat to Freedom!’ Georgia Republican Representative Jody Hice tweeted Wednesday morning.
Boebert’s attack on the employee was first reported by Sarah Ferris of Politico and Ben Siegel of ABC News
Tempers continued to flare after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reportedly called Republican opposition to the “idiot” directive.
Pelosi stopped confirming a report based on garbled audio that she called minority leader Kevin McCarthy, the top Republican in the House, “such an idiot.”
“The speaker believes that saying a mask requirement is ‘not a decision based on science’ is idiotic,” said Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff for Pelosi, referring to a tweet from McCarthy.
In his tweet, McCarthy had said: “Make no mistake — the threat to bring back masks is not a decision based on science, but a decision made by liberal government officials who want to continue living in a perpetual pandemic state.”
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell warned of a repeat of last year’s rising caseloads and closures as people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus
Meanwhile, Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, the highest-ranking Republican in the upper room, ulast week urged Americans to get vaccinated against COVID-19 while warning of a repeat of last year’s rising caseloads and shutdowns if people refuse to protect themselves from the coronavirus.
McConnell also urged Americans to ignore “demonstrably bad advice” from experts and anti-vaxxers. As cases skyrocket, he noted that nearly all new virus hospitalizations across the country are among people who have not been vaccinated.
Since the start of the pandemic, mask-wearing and vaccinations have been political flashpoints in the US, with Republicans, emboldened by former President Donald Trump, resisting and Democrats urging adherence to medical advice.
About 57.6 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, with the lowest rates in the heavily Republican southeastern US.
Four of the five U.S. states with the lowest vaccination rates have Republican governors: Mississippi, Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska, according to a Reuters COVID tracker. The governor of the fifth state, Louisiana, is a Democrat.
Democrats have urged Republican governors, including Ron DeSantis, to resume COVID-19 reporting after several states scaled back the release of the statistics this month.
The shift to weekly rather than daily reporting in Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and South Dakota — all led by Republican governors — marked a remarkable shift during the pandemic.
The move has deprived the public of real-time information about outbreaks, cases, hospitalizations and deaths in their communities.
Coronavirus dashboards have become a staple for Americans who closely monitor the number of cases and trends to navigate a crisis that has killed more than 600,000 people in the United States.