Rep. Jayapal Taking Heat for Not Wearing Mask During Capitol Riot

Post-Capitol riot, several members of the House have tested positive for COVID-19.

Among those that have tested positive is Rep. Jayapal (D-WA).

Jayapal has blamed her positive diagnosis on Republicans and rioters, but the pictures tell a different story.

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Jayapal, during the riot, was pictured numerous times when the shelter in place order was given.

The live shots showed a woman that was absolutely terrified, on the brink of tears, and NOT WEARING A MASK.

Jayapal clearly did not watch the news clips before making her most recent statement, however.

After testing positive, Jayapal put the onus of her positive test on Republicans.

She stated, “I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.”

That statement makes for great headlines, but here is the shot of Jayapal as she was hiding behind seats…

In the actual video that aired, there were about two minutes of footage, and she never had her mask on.

She was also seen holding an “escape hood,” which is a gas mask of sorts that was given to House members when the tear gas order was given.

However, she was not seen with the escape hood on either.

Jayapal was not the only Democrat taking shots are Republicans on this front.

Rep. Brad Schneider (D-Il), who also tested positive, released a similar statement to Jayapal.

He stated, “Last Wednesday, after narrowly escaping a violent mob incited by the President of the United States to attack the Capitol and its occupants, I was forced to spend several hours in a secure but confined location with dozens of other Members of Congress.

“Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask, as demonstrated in the video from Punchbowl News, even when politely asked by their colleagues.

“Today, I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife’s health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and our staff.”

It is truly hard to imagine the animosity between these two sides ending anytime soon, even after Trump is out of office.

There are clearly internal fractures in both parties right now, but that is nothing compared to the pure hatred being spewed between the two parties and there is simply no way that is going to heal anytime soon.

Source: Fox News

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