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3rd House Dem: I got bug from mask­less pols

- BY NANCY DIL­LON Illinois · Washington State · New Jersey · United States of America · Republican Party (United States) · Rochester · Delaware · Georgia · Arizona · Oklahoma · Texas · Doug La Malfa · California · Brad Schneider · Pramila Jayapal · Bonnie Watson Coleman · Lisa Blunt Rochester · Andy Biggs · Markwayne Mullin · Scott Perry

A third House Demo­crat has tested pos­i­tive for COVID-19 af­ter be­ing forced into a crowded lock­down room with other leg­is­la­tors, some of them not wear­ing masks, dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s Capi­tol siege.

Rep. Brad Sch­nei­der (D-Ill.) con­firmed in a scathing state­ment Tues­day that he con­tracted coro­n­avirus and sus­pected it came from the “self­ish­ness” of his anti-mask col­leagues.

On Mon­day, Reps. Pramila Jaya­pal (D-Wash.) and Bon­nie Wat­son Cole­man (D-N.J.) said they tested pos­i­tive af­ter flee­ing to the same room.

“Last Wed­nes­day, af­ter nar­rowly es­cap­ing a vi­o­lent mob in­cited by the pres­i­dent of the United States to at­tack the Capi­tol and its oc­cu­pants, I was forced to spend sev­eral hours in a se­cure but con­fined lo­ca­tion with dozens of other mem­bers of Congress,” Sch­nei­der (top in­set) said in his state­ment.

“Sev­eral Repub­li­can law­mak­ers in the room adamantly re­fused to wear a mask, as demon­strated in video from Punch­bowl News, even when po­litely asked by their col­leagues,” he said.

“To­day, I am now in strict iso­la­tion, wor­ried that I have risked my wife’s health and an­gry at the self­ish­ness and ar­ro­gance of the anti-maskers who put their own con­tempt and dis­re­gard for de­cency ahead of the health and safety of their col­leagues and our staff,” he said.

Jaya­pal (mid­dle in­set) pre­vi­ously an­nounced her pos­i­tive COVID test on so­cial me­dia, say­ing her Repub­li­can col­leagues not only “cru­elly re­fused to wear a mask but reck­lessly mocked col­leagues and staff who of­fered them one.”

On Tues­day, she ssaid any mem­ber not wear­ing a mask should face con­se­quences.

“Repub­li­cans re­fused to wear masks and mocked us for do­ing so — cre­at­ing a su­per­spreader event on ttop of a deadly at­tack. Now I’m among those who have COVID af­ter shel­ter­ing with them. They put lives aat risk. Fine mem­bers who refuse to wear a mask and re­move tthem from the floor,” she tweeted.

Wat­son Cole­man, a 75-year-old can­cer sur­vivor, was the first to an­nounce her in­fec­tion Mon­day.

“Fol­low­ing the events of Wed­nes­day, in­clud­ing shel­ter­ing with sev­eral col­leagues who re­fused to wear masks, I de­cided to take a Covid test. I have tested pos­i­tive,” she tweeted.

“I im­plore any­one who shel­tered at the Capi­tol dur­ing the at­tack to get tested,” Wat­son Cole­man (bot­tom in­set) said in a fol­lowup Tues­day tweet.

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) was filmed in the lock­down room of­fer­ing masks to GOP col­leagues who re­fused to take them, in­clud­ing Reps. Mar­jorie Tay­lor Greene (R-Ga.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), Mark­wayne Mullin, (R-Okla.), Michael Cloud (R-Texas), Scott Perry (RPa.) and Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.).

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