It didn’t take long for the Speaker of the House to show that ‘the rules are for thee, and not for me.’ On Friday, Madame Speaker led a press conference putting her brazen hypocrisy on full display.
Pelosi not only stood next to a group of masked Democratic representatives to deliver her speech, but she gathered back among them when she was done. While not wearing a mask, of course.
Nancy Pelosi had personally announced she was bringing the mask mandate back to the House on Wednesday.
The House Republicans later took to the Capitol building to show their maskless faces and mock the Speaker over her restored mask decree. It wasn’t their only act of defiance.
“Many House Republicans refused to wear masks on the House floor during a series of morning votes, before they called for the chamber to adjourn as GOP members rebuffed attempts by staff to get them to put on a mask,” the Washington Post reported earlier.
“This is some serious nanny-state stuff that will only breed resentment. No kidding,” Rep. Chip Roy said on the floor. “This institution is a sham. We should adjourn and shut the place down.”
One of the most outspoken representatives against the return of Pelosi’s mask rule was Rep. Lauren Boebert.
“We might as well start calling this a Perma-demic,” she tweeted. “Permanent masking. Permanent state of emergency. Permanent control. This will go on until the American people just say enough is enough. The tyrants aren’t giving this up!”
On the same day as Pelosi issued her mask decree, the unmasked President of the United States was shaking hands and hugging strangers in a room full of maskless people.
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GOP Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene, Thomas Massie and Ralph Norman have announced they are suing Pelosi in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after they were each fined $500 for not wearing masks on the House floor. The Republican lawmakers are arguing in court that Speaker Pelosi’s rule is unconstitutional and they are seeking the dismissal of the fines.
The fines were imposed despite Speaker Pelosi going without a mask in government buildings outside of the House, such as at a White House function she attended with other prominent Democrats in May.
The Republicans had sought to change the House rules to follow the CDC guidance, but House Democrats blocked the resolution. The resolution was introduced by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans.
Pelosi’s most famous act of COVID regulation hypocrisy came in September 2020, when she was caught without a mask at a salon that had been ‘locked down’ in San Francisco.
Speaker Pelosi has thus not “followed the science,” if one could even call it that, on numerous occasions herself. On Friday, she showed once again with her actions that she does not believe in the necessity of her own decrees.
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