Jayapal went on to say that she will continue to work during the isolation – and that one of her main goals is to remove Trump from office. But it also called for penalties – “heavy fines” – for members of the House who refuse to wear masks in the Capitol. “Also,” she said in the statement, “any member who refuses to wear a mask should be removed from the ground immediately by the Sergeant at Arms.” That’s no joke. Our lives and livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held responsible for putting our lives at risk because of their selfish idiocy. “
In an interview with Rebecca Traister at The Cut last week, Jayapal had predicted this and said: “I am now under quarantine because I am convinced that the place we landed in the secured room – which was home to over 100 people and many Republicans wore no masks – was a superspreader event. “
It’s not even subtle that the Republicans who refused to wear masks overlapped dramatically with the Republicans who were working to delegitimize the election and promote a coup: Representatives Andy Biggs, Mo Brooks, Michael Cloud, Matt Gaetz, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Doug LaMalfa, Markwayne Mullin, and Scott Perry refused to wear masks while imprisoned. Gosar, Biggs, Brooks, Gaetz and Greene would rank very high on a list of those who sparked rioting.
“Today is the day when American patriots start jotting down names and kicking their asses, ”Brooks had said hours earlier to the crowd that attacked the Capitol. “Are you ready to do anything to fight for America? Volume up! Will you fight for america “
They literally instigated a coup and then refused to do what was necessary to protect the people they were imprisoned with from a pandemic. One form of evil is not enough for these people.
Best wishes to Reps Jayapal and Watson Coleman for a speedy recovery.