New York Times started their demands early on Monday morning, calling for all members of Congress to be tested for coronavirus.
More than a dozen representatives have tested positive, and following Rep. Louie Gohmert's diagnosis last week, the newspaper wrote, “something about the diagnosis of Mr. Gohmert, who has belligerently flouted public health recommendations such as mask wearing and social distancing, prompted a convulsion of rage on Capitol Hill."
“From maintenance workers to legislative aides, employees came forward with anonymous accounts of how the patchwork of precautions — each lawmaker’s office operates with its own rules — and cavalier behavior by some members was endangering the thousands of people who keep the Capitol complex running,” it continued.
The paper praised "many lawmakers" who have been following social distancing and mask procedures while slamming other lawmakers who “seem to believe the virus cannot touch them.”
The editorial specifically calls out Rep. Clay Higgins for stating that masks are “part of the dehumanization of the children of God.”
“Elected officials have a particular responsibility both to model responsible behavior during this pandemic and to take extra precautions so they don’t become super spreaders,” the editorial board spewed. “Put another way, when a lawmaker behaves like a ‘ding dong,’ as one Republican aide said of Mr. Gohmert, he puts everyone at risk.”
Rapid-response tests for lawmakers has been declined by both House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“Congress members are influential figures, and in this time of crisis they ought to be leading by example. By taking steps to protect themselves, their staff members and their constituents, lawmakers can send a signal about the seriousness of this situation to a confused and weary public,” New York Times added..
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