Arizona Democrat Rep. Raul Grijalva tests positive for coronavirus

Another member of Congress has tested positive for COVID-19 — and he has made no secret of who he thinks is responsible.

As The Hill reported, Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) tested positive for the coronavirus, and while he did not mention any names, he seemed to put the onus of his diagnosis on Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and his other Republican colleagues.

It’s all their fault

Grijalva, who had only recently returned to the nation’s capital, tested positive soon after holding a hearing of the House Natural Resources Committee, which he chairs.

Also in attendance at the hearing was Rep. Gohmert, who has become the whipping boy of the Democrats in the wake of his own COVID-19 diagnosis.

After testing positive, Grijalva told the Arizona Republic, “While I cannot blame anyone directly for this, this week has shown that there are some Members of Congress who fail to take this crisis seriously.”

He later added: “Numerous Republican members routinely strut around the Capitol without a mask to selfishly make a political statement at the expense of their colleagues, staff, and their families.”

Unfair accusation

While it is widely understood that wearing masks can perhaps prevent the spread of the virus, facial coverings are not impenetrable, especially considering the haphazard, inconsistent manner in which many members of Congress have been wearing them.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are often seen removing their masks to speak, as though the air around them becomes magically disinfected during that moment in time.

To be sure, COVID-19 is known to spread via mucous membranes of the mouth and nose, areas presumably covered by masks.

However, the virus can also enter the body through the eyes, making transmission possible even among those wearing properly fitted face coverings.

It is entirely possible that Rep. Grijalva touched a contaminated surface, then touched his mouth, nose, or eyes — and this could have happened anywhere, not just in a congressional hearing room where Republicans were present.

The fact is that Rep. Grijalva himself cannot pinpoint the source of his infection, yet he is quick to lay blame at the feet of his political opponents, an instinct of which he ought to be ashamed.

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