More Brooks Brothers Riots even as both are now anachronistic for GOP members of Congress within the Capitol.
“Which is it, vaccines or masks?” — Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) throws a tantrum on the House floor, protesting the reimposed House mask requirement.
On Thursday, a group of around 40 Republican House members barged into the oldest Senate in American history to protest against the reinstated mask mandate in their own chamber by forgoing face coverings and taking selfies.
According to Texas Representative Ronny Jackson, the goal of the stunt was to show “what it was like on the floor of the Senate versus the floor of the House” following Tuesday night’s order from the attending physician of the Capitol requiring face coverings in the House. “Obviously it’s vastly different,” Jackson, the former physician to the president who drank on the job and allegedly sexually harassed subordinates, told the Hill.
Jackson was joined by some of the usual attention-seekers in the Republican caucus — including Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz, Lauren Boebert, Madison Cawthorn, Louie Gohmert, and Chip Roy — as the group entered the Senate chamber to support Senator Mike Lee as he questioned the science behind the Centers for Disease Control’s most-recent order on mask mandates in indoor public spaces amid the nationwide spread of the Delta variant.
Rep. Chip Roy confronted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Thursday about a new Capitol Police bulletin that suggests congressional staffers and visitors could be arrested if they fail to heed the chamber’s new mask mandate.
Broadly, Republicans are arguing that the new mask mandate from Brian Monahan, House Physician, and the Biden administration will increase vaccine hesitancy, just as Republicans are increasingly urging their constituents to get protected. Voters who identify as Republican are less likely to be vaccinated than Democrats.
Democrats and some health experts argue masks are necessary with new information that large amounts of the Covid Delta variant can harbor in both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
In 2021, a recording of Roy surfaced in which he said he wanted “18 more months of chaos and the inability to get stuff done” during a Democratic-controlled Congress and presidency.
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