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  • Jayapal’s office said the lawmaker was locked down in a secured room at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection for multiple hours with several of her Republican colleagues who did not wear masks.
  • Video published by Punchbowl News shot from inside the room where the lawmakers took shelter shows at least six Republican lawmakers without face coverings.
  • Jayapal is one of three Democrats in Congress who tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter in the room.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) tested positive for COVID-19 Monday night after taking shelter in a room with “Republican lawmakers who cruelly and selfishly refused to wear masks” last week when the United States Capitol was overrun with violent Trump supporters. 

Jayapal’s office said the lawmaker was locked down in a secured room at the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection for multiple hours with several of her Republican colleagues who did not wear masks and “mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.” 


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Video published by Punchbowl News shot from inside the secure room where the lawmakers gathered shows at least six Republican lawmakers without face coverings. 

“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 on top of a domestic terrorist attack,” Jayapal said in a statement

The Democrat, who is currently in quarantine, called for fines to be levied on members of Congress who refuse to wear masks in the Capitol and said those who refuse to do so should be immediately removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms. 

“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,” she said. 

Jayapal is one of three Democrats in Congress who tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter in the room. 

Reps. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-N.J.) and Brad Schneider (D-Ill.) also announced this week they contracted the virus following the lockdown. 

On Sunday, the Capitol’s attending physician warned of a possible risk of COVID-19 exposure following the lockdown and advised all House members and staff to get tested. 


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Published on Jan 12, 2021