Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Took to Twitter early Tuesday to announce she has been diagnosed with COVID-19, agitating several Republicans who locked up with her during last week’s riots at the Capitol, who were not wearing masks.
Jayapal said she was “locked inside a secured room at the Capitol, where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask, but also ruthlessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.”
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Her office issued a statement saying some members and staff were informed by Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician at the U.S. Congress, said those who were secured in that room had been exposed to “another resident with coronavirus infection.”
She said there were over 100 people in the room and believes it was a “super-spreading event.”
The Capitol uprising resulted in five deaths and at least 120 arrests. Democrats in the House want Trump removed from office, calling him a danger. Trump supporters have also condemned the violence, but insist Trump did not encourage the event.
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“Just hours after President Trump incited a deadly attack on our Capitol, our country and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the minimum COVID-19 precaution and just wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic – create a super-spreading event on top of a domestic terrorist attack, “she posted.
She said she is isolating herself but will continue to work to the best of her ability.