Throughout late 2020 and much of 2021, the COVID-19 vaccines — and later, supplemental booster shots — were touted as a highly effective and incredibly safe way to avoid contracting the coronavirus in the first place, much less developing symptoms or ending up hospitalized or dead.
But as we have seen, that hasn’t exactly been the case, and the latest fully vaxxed and boosted politician to announce an infection is Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot of 2021, Breitbart reported.
Thompson’s positive diagnosis for COVID-19 disrupts the carefully choreographed and professionally produced plans of the Jan. 6 committee, as it will force him to be absent from what has been billed as the final primetime public hearing for the committee scheduled later this week.
Everyone must get vaccinated
“I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, and I am experiencing mild symptoms. Gratefully, I am fully vaccinated and boosted,” Rep. Thompson tweeted Tuesday. “I encourage each person in America to get vaccinated and continue to follow the guidelines to remain safe.”
I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, and I am experiencing mild symptoms. Gratefully, I am fully vaccinated and boosted.
I encourage each person in America to get vaccinated and continue to follow the guidelines to remain safe. pic.twitter.com/brHXGlWmfq
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) July 19, 2022
Attached to that tweet was a screenshot of a more formal statement from Thompson’s office in which he revealed that he was only experiencing “mild symptoms” but, in adherence to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the congressman would be “isolating for the next several days.”
He repeated his encouragement for everyone to get vaccinated and follow CDC guidelines as “COVID-19 is still present, and we must do everything we can to fight this virus.”
“The pandemic has impacted our lives, changed the way we work, and affected our daily activities. Vaccinations are crucial to humanity,” Thompson continued.
He added, “The message to unvaccinated Americans is to protect yourself from infectious diseases by getting vaccinated. We must continue to do our part.”
The Show must go on
The Hill reported that the House Jan. 6 Committee is scheduled to hold another primetime public hearing Thursday that will supposedly focus on former President Donald Trump’s alleged inaction for more than two hours while the riot raged at the Capitol … the span of time between the conclusion of his speech at the Ellipse and the moment he posted a video message to social media — immediately censored or deleted by all social media platforms — that urged his supporters to be peaceful and vacate the Capitol complex.
Now, according to fellow committee member Rep. Jaime Raskin (D-MD), discussions are underway to determine the “logistics” for Thursday’s hearing and who will take the lead role, though that will most likely be committee Vice-Chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). It remains unclear if Thompson will still participate in the made-for-TV event remotely.
The committee’s spokesman, Tim Mulvey, said in a statement, “While Chairman Thompson is disappointed with his COVID diagnosis, he has instructed the Select Committee to proceed with Thursday evening’s hearing. Committee members and staff wish the Chairman a speedy recovery.”