Rep. Louie Gohmert, who often went without a mask, tests positive for the coronavirus

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  1. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member

    bwahahahahaha….couldn't happen to a nicer guy

    WASHINGTON — Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who has refused to wear a mask, tested positive for the coronavirus Wednesday shortly before he was expected to travel with President Donald Trump to Texas.

    Gohmert, 66, one of the most outspokenly conservative members of Congress, said he tested positive during the routine screening at the White House prior to boarding Air Force One and blamed his infection on the fact that he had begun to wear a mask more frequently in recent days.

    News that the Texas Republican contracted the coronavirus sent lawmakers scrambling to account for Gohmert's whereabouts in the Capitol in the days leading up to his positive test. It also reignited conversations about whether lawmakers, many of whom travel to Washington from all around the country and tend to be in vulnerable age groups, were taking appropriate precautions to prevent an outbreak on Capitol Hill.

    Gohmert attended Attorney General William Barr’s hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, sitting for hours in a hearing room with dozens of other lawmakers. Gohmert, along with other Republicans, was seen at times during the day without a mask.

    In an interview with a local Texas news station Wednesday morning after learning he was infected, Gohmert said it was "ironic" that he tested positive "because a lot of people have made a big deal out of my not wearing a mask a whole lot, but in the last week or two I have worn a mask more than I have in the whole last four months.”

    “I can't help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, if I might have put some germs, some of the virus on the mask and breathed it in," he said.

    Gohmert appeared to be dialing into the interview from his Capitol Hill office, where many lawmakers and staffers were working Wednesday. It is unclear why he went back to the Hill, where social distancing can be difficult, after testing positive.

    In a statement he posted to Twitter, Gohmert said he would be "very, very careful" to make sure he did not give the coronavirus to anyone and referred to it as “the Wuhan virus,” a phrase that has been associated with a rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans.

    Gohmert was seen standing in proximity to Barr in the Capitol hallway Tuesday while neither he nor Barr wore a mask. His chief of staff, Connie Hair, tweeted Wednesday that "he wore a mask at the hearing, unless he was speaking," and suggested, as Gohmert did, that fiddling with the mask could have been what led to infection.

    Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec confirmed reports that Barr took a coronavirus test Wednesday after it was revealed Gohmert had tested positive. Kupec did not immediately respond when asked whether Barr had received the test results.

    Rep. Kay Granger, also a Texas Republican, said she was seated next to Gohmert on a flight from Texas on Sunday evening and would self-quarantine at the direction of the Congress's attending physician. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., said he would also self-quarantine after attending a hearing of the Natural Resources Committee with Gohmert on Tuesday.

    It is unclear when an infected person becomes contagious. The World Health Organization has said that people who have not developed symptoms can pass the virus to others, but more research is needed to understand how frequently that occurs.
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  4. Mopar Dude

    Mopar Dude Well-Known Member

    Hahahahahaha....... Maturity matters
  5. FryDaddyJr

    FryDaddyJr Well-Known Member


    Gohmert blames mask for positive COVID-19 test

    Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) is questioning whether his positive coronavirus test could have been linked to his face mask.

    Gohmert, one of several House Republicans who have been notable in not wearing masks at the Capitol, told KETK-TV, a Fox News affiliate, that he'd been wearing a mask more frequently.

    “It's really ironic, because, you know, a lot of people have made a big deal out of me not wearing a mask a lot, but in the last week or two. I have worn a mask, more than I have in the whole last four months," he said.

    He then questioned whether that could have led to his positive test.

    “But I can't help but wonder if my keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in — I don't know. But I got it, we'll see what happens from here, but the reports of my demise are very premature," he said.

    Public health experts have repeatedly called on the public to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, and masks are commonly worn by lawmakers, staff, reporters and other workers on Capitol Hill.

    Gohmert was notable for often not wearing a mask, including inside and outside a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday where Attorney General William Barr testified. The Justice Department said Barr would be tested for the coronavirus on Wednesday.

    The Texas Republican was informed he tested positive for COVID-19 after being tested at the White House ahead of plans to travel with President Trump to Texas on Wednesday.

    Gohmert insisted he had been wearing a mask during Tuesday's hearing.

    "And, you know, fake news media appear to have tweeted out that Nadler admonished me yesterday at the Judiciary hearing for not wearing a mask, but he didn't admonish me. I was wearing my mask. There were a couple of other Republicans that were not wearing a mask at the time,” he said, referring to Judiciary's chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.).

    Gohmert said he was advised to self-quarantine for 10 days following the diagnosis, but noted he was told that false-positive results have happened with rapid testing in the past.

    "The president invited me to go with him to West Texas, even though I'm an East Texas guy, and before you go anywhere with president or have a meeting with the president we always are tested, and they have a real quick test and the quick test was positive, and they said sometimes we get false positives,” he said.

    “And so they did the one where they stick the swab way back up in your sinuses. And anyway that one came back, it takes a little longer to get the answer, but it was positive. So, I didn't have any of the symptoms that you see listed for the coronavirus. But anyway, now I need to self-quarantine," he added.

    Gohmert had been spotted for months without a mask around the Capitol, but he asserted that he plans to wear one for at least the next 10 days.

    “Obviously I'm not wearing the mask right now talking to you but you're not at risk of getting it through the internet,” he said in the interview.

    “But, but no, I will be religiously wearing a mask as I leave the building. I will not be around anybody for the next 10 days without making sure that I have a mask, because that's the real danger once you have it, giving it to somebody else, and that's when a mask is most important," Gohmert said.

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidelines call for individuals to wear masks to prevent spreading the deadly virus.

    And U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said earlier this month that the country “can turn this thing around in two to three weeks if we can get a critical mass of people wearing face coverings, practicing at least six feet of social distancing, doing the things that we know are effective.”
  6. GeneWright

    GeneWright Well-Known Member

    Actually there's validity to this in 2 ways. Both ways make him look dumb though... 1. He wore the same mask and never washed or changed it for the whole time. 2. He felt the need to take it off and put it back on constantly, leading to more face touching. My bet is on #2, remember when Trump first endorsed masks and said something along the lines of keeping it in his pocket until he needed it? Terrible advice
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  8. JoeNation

    JoeNation Patron Saint of Idiots

    Gohmert will live, he won't learn, he will be voted into irreverence eventually. That should be his epitaph. He has a touch of the crazy. I couldn't even tell you what he believes or doesn't believe. I've just always look at him and thought...Crazy.
  9. Recusant

    Recusant Member

    I think you're wrong about being voted out. He's highly popular in his district. I'm thankful for that, honestly. Gohmert provides more entertainment value for the taxpayer's dollar than ten, nay, twenty regular congresscritters. Long may he bay idiotic lunacy at the Moon.

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