The fallout from the Capitol riots last week generated a number of new side-controversies in addition to the events that left five Americans dead and many more injured in the unprecedented attack in the nation’s capital.
One of those controversies came about as Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) announced that as a result of being forced to hide from the angry mob of rioters with maskless GOP lawmakers, she tested positive for COVID-19. However, according to the Daily Caller, images have emerged clearly showing the Democrat herself not wearing a mask for at least several minutes during the siege.
“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,” Jayapal tweeted this week.
She went on to accuse Republican lawmakers who were wearing masks during the attack of putting fellow House colleagues in danger, going as far as saying that those Republicans were likely responsible for turning the attack into a “superspreader” event, according to The Hill.
“Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy,” the Washington Democrat said, while adding that she’s pushing for Republicans who refuse to wear masks while on duty in the House to be fined and removed.
As you can see below in a screenshot of Jayapal during the attack posted in a tweet by Daily Caller’s senior congressional correspondent Henry Rodgers, she was clearly not wearing a mask for at least part of the attack. Jayapal’s critics were quick to label her as a hypocrite on the matter.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal called out GOP lawmakers for not wearing masks while pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, however, a video shows Jayapal was not wearing a mask for several minutes while sitting in the House gallery with other members & staff: https://t.co/6LOvHZ4a0p
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) January 12, 2021
Jayapal was joined by Rep. Bonnie Watson (D-NJ) in testing positive for COVID-19 following the attacks and blaming her positive test on maskless Republicans in the Capitol Building. As of this writing, however, there is no proof that supports the claim, as the two lawmakers could have caught the virus from any number of events or people prior to the Capitol riots.