A group of Texas Democratic lawmakers received widespread media attention recently when they obstructed a legislative vote on an anti-voter fraud bill by flying to Washington, D.C.
What began as party atmosphere for some of the fleeing Texas Dems quickly morphed into a nightmare after several of the maskless, vaccinated lawmakers tested positive for COVID-19, which, according to The Daily Wire, made its way into the White House.
The Daily Wire noted on Monday that multiple White House staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 after meeting with some of the Texas Democrats.
The bombshell report mentioned at least one individual whose status the White House did not previously disclose. What’s more, a member of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) staff also tested positive after meeting with the Texas state lawmakers.
Drew Hammill, Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, addressed the COVID-19 outbreak in a statement following the staff member’s positive test.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson in the Speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” Hammill said.
“The entire press office is working remotely today with the exception of individuals who have had no exposure to the individual or have had a recent negative test,” he added.
Hammill went on to explain that members of Pelosi’s “office will continue to follow the guidance of the Office of Attending Physician closely.”
The COVID-19 double standard
As The Daily Wire reported, the total number of fleeing Texas Democrats who have tested positive for COVID-19 has risen to six, up two in the past day from the original four. The group took intense criticism for posting a picture of the group crammed into a private jet, with most of the Democrats maskless, despite Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines.
“Rules for thee but not for me strikes the Democrats, again,” Florida Rep. Byron Donalds (R) wrote in a tweet. “Hey, @TSA, if these Democrat lawmakers are allowed to fly without masks, so should the American people. Follow the science, not the political science.”
On Monday, conservative strategist Chris Barron pointed out how the seeming lack of coverage of the story was yet another example of left-wing media bias, Fox News noted.
“Herman Cain was vilified after his death for attending a Trump rally without a mask but the Texas Democrats are being treated like civil rights pioneers while spreading COVID all over DC,” he told Fox News on Monday.