Top House Democrat inaccurately attacks GOP lawmakers over COVID-19

On Wednesday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) ripped his fellow GOP House members for supposedly engaging in “totally irresponsible behavior” regarding COVID-19 precautions.

Then problem, however, is that the accusations leveled by Rep. Hoyer were largely false, as the Washington Examiner reported.

False accusations

Early Wednesday, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) learned that he was positive for COVID-19, and though he was experiencing no symptoms of the illness, he received the surprising news as the result of testing performed ahead of a planned trip aboard Air Force One with President Donald Trump.

Subsequently, Rep. Hoyer accused Gohmert of having visited the congressional gym as well as cavalierly jeopardizing the health of Bill Barr during his appearance before the House Judiciary Committee by being in close proximity to the attorney general without a mask despite supposedly being aware of his coronavirus status.

Hoyer later retracted the accusation about the gym, however, once he realized that it had been Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) who had visited a congressional fitness facility around the time he tested positive for COVID-19 back in March, not Rep. Gohmert.

With regard to the allegation that Gohmert put Barr’s health in danger, the fact is that the Judiciary Committee met a day before the Texas congressman even learned he had contracted the virus.

Rep. Gohmert sent out several tweets explaining his situation and calling out Hoyer for perpetuating “fake news.”

Lesson learned?

Rep. Gohmert plans to remain quarantined in Texas until such time as he receives a negative test result, and Barr indicated that he would also be tested, since he was in contact with the Texas lawmaker during the Judiciary hearing.

During Barr’s appearance before the House panel, the committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) chastised Republicans for not wearing masks, but did while his own facial covering was hanging around his neck.

Perhaps, at some point, our politicians will worry more about doing their jobs than engaging in absurd political theater, but based on these exchanges, we shouldn’t hold our breath.

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