Americans who don’t want to take the coronavirus vaccine should be happy they don’t work in Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) House of Representatives. Despite new guidance from the hallowed CDC, Pelosi is refusing to put mask theater to rest until all House members get the shot — but some Republicans are finally pushing back on the charade.
A tiny platoon of about a dozen House Republicans including Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) posed for cheerful, mask-less selfies on the floor Tuesday, the Washington Examiner reported.
The rebellious scene was a microcosm of the tensions that have continued to grip the nation surrounding masks and vaccines after the CDC announced that fully vaccinated Americans could stop wearing masks last week.
Republicans: Rules “not based on science”
The edict came with a massive caveat: unvaccinated Americans would still have to follow restrictions. Even despite those controversial exceptions, Pelosi is still requiring vaccinated lawmakers to wear masks until every single House member has gotten the shot.
On Tuesday, Republicans said what many Americans have been feeling. “We have had enough,” Massie tweeted. “We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us. Her rule is not based on science.”
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) May 18, 2021
Punishment for the transgression against COVID law (or what was COVID law until Thursday) came swiftly, as three Republicans were fined $500 for violating the bogus rule: Reps. Brian Mast (R-FL), Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA).
Massie, Greene, Lauren Boebert (R-CO), Chip Roy (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), Mary Miller (R-IL), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX), all received warnings.
“End the oppression”
The Republicans said that they were hoping to set an example as many Americans remain fearful that they could be forced to take the vaccine to resume their normal lives.
Pelosi’s obstinate refusal to drop her mandate, even with 75% of lawmakers vaccinated, has done nothing to dissuade those fears. Rep. Mast acknowledged that some employers are discussing requiring the shot for their workers, leaving many Americans distressed.
The bombastic Greene called masks a tool of “oppression” and encouraged Americans to abandon them in a caption for a group selfie. “Masks are oppressive and nothing but a political tool,” she said. “End the oppression!”
Later, the lawmakers posed outside the Capitol for another group photo. On Wednesday, Massie shared an image of a stern letter warning him to obey tossed in the garbage.