In a video posted by Representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) on Instagram Monday evening, fellow progressive congresswoman Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) can be seen celebrating her birthday with friends and colleagues in an outdoor setting without a face mask in sight.
“Happy birthday to our fearless CPC chair,” reads Tlaib’s caption on the video.
As a cake with lit candles is placed in front of a smiling Jayapal, she leans forward and blows out her candles to claps and cheers from her fellow party-goers.
The party looks like a good time for the chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, but Jayapal has not always been so cavalier about COVID and masking requirements.
For her part, Jayapal has already had the coronavirus, testing positive back in January. She was pretty clear then about who she blamed and why. As Julio reported at the time, she released a statement eviscerating unmasked Republicans for her diagnosis that she said came from unmasked legislators who were sheltering with her in the Capitol on January 6th.
“Dr. Brian Monahan, the Attending Physician of the United States Congress, advised representatives and Congressional staff on Sunday that those in the secured room could have, ‘been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection,'” explains the statement from Jayapal’s office. “The duration in the room was multiple hours and several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.”
“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them. Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event,” Jayapal said.
“I am also calling for serious fines to be immediately levied on every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol,” Jayapal continued. “Additionally, any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be immediately removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms. This is not a joke. Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy.”
Even more recently, Jayapal has continued to advise Americans to wear masks, advice she and her progressive friends themselves ignored.
This is an excerpt from Townhall.
Scroll down to leave a comment and share your thoughts.