Jan. 12 (UPI) — Rep. Pramila Jayapal mentioned she has examined optimistic for COVID-19 after sheltering in a secured room of the U.S. Capitol with different lawmakers as supporters of President Donald Trump sieged the constructing.
The Washington Democrat introduced her prognosis late Monday in an announcement whereas chastising her Republican colleagues who “recklessly refused to put on masks” as they sought refugee from the assault on the Capitol constructing on Wednesday.
“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus severely, and in achieve this, they endanger everybody round them,” Jayapal mentioned. “Solely hours after President Trump incited a lethal assault on our Capitol, our nation and our democracy, many Republicans nonetheless refused to take the naked minimal COVID-19 precaution and easily put on a rattling masks in a crowded room throughout a pandemic.”
She mentioned their actions created “a super-spreader occasion on high of a home terrorist assault.”
The announcement got here after Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., introduced on Monday that she had examined optimistic after being uncovered whereas sheltering within the U.S. Capitol constructing.
The lawmakers have been certifying election outcomes that mentioned President-elect Joe Biden had gained November’s presidential election on Wednesday when the Trump supporters stormed the constructing in opposition to the process, forcing the elected officers right into a secured location of the constructing.
Different lawmakers have examined optimistic following the siege, together with Republican Reps. Jake LaTurner of Kansas on Thursday and Rep. Charles J. “Chuck” Fleischmann of Tennessee on Sunday.
On Sunday, Brian Monahan, the attending doctor to Congress, had warned Home lawmakers in an electronic mail that they might have been uncovered to COVID-19 whereas beneath lockdown within the constructing.
Jayapal, who started quarantining after the assault, mentioned she’s going to proceed to work whereas in isolation “to the very best of my capacity” as a result of urgency of disaster the nation is dealing with and is asking for lawmakers who refuse to put on a masks within the Capitol to be fined and eliminated by the sergeant at arms.
“This isn’t a joke,” she mentioned. “Our lives and our livelihoods are in danger, and anybody who refuses to put on a masks ought to be totally held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”