In response to recently testing positive for coronavirus in the wake of the insurrection attempt at the Capitol, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) is demanding that Republican lawmakers who refuse to wear masks be removed by the House Sergeant-at-Arms.

It turns out that the failed insurrection was not only a domestic terrorist attack, but a biological attack as well perpetrated by House Republicans who refuse to wear masks. As a result, other lawmakers such as Jayapal were exposed to the virus when they were forced to hide in isolation with their Republican colleagues during the siege.

Jayapal announced in a statement that she tested positive for the virus on Monday night. She not only rightfully blamed House Republicans, she demanded their removal from the House if they refuse to wear masks to protect themselves and others.

“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them,” Jayapal said. “Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack.”

“I am also calling for serious fines to be immediately levied on every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol,” Jayapal continued. “Additionally, any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be immediately removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms. This is not a joke. Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy.”

Indeed, House Democrats are the majority so they make the rules. If House Republicans violate those rules, they should be removed. Nearly 400,000 Americans have died during this pandemic. It needs to be taken seriously, and by not doing so, Republicans are the equivalent of biological terrorists who are hoping to infect and kill Democrats. That should not be tolerated.

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