This blow-dried stack of dumpster goo:
The 10th Member of Congress to test positive, this time a Democrat. Coronavirus doesn't care about politics.
Madam Speaker, where is your plan for testing? https://t.co/gfhcRrZ2A0
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 1, 2020
Radley Balko has the goods on the bio-warfare the Trump admin and House Republicans are waging against Democrats:
This is infuriating. Grijalva chairs the committee investigating the clearing of Lafayette Square. He wanted his hearing to be via video. The Trump administration said it wouldn’t cooperate unless Grijalva flew from Arizona to DC to appear in person.
Given his comorbidities, Grijalva and his staff told me they saw this as a childish taunt — a dare. He agreed anyway, because he thought investigating what happened is important.
Guess who else is on that committee, and attended the hearing in person?
There’s of course no way to know if Gohmert gave it to him. But the in-person hearing was a stupid risk, insisted upon by the GOP. The bargain was literally no oversight unless Grijalva subjected himself to the Capitol Hill COVID Petri dish the Republicans have created.
There probably IS a way to find out if Gohmert infected Grijalva — I’ve read accounts of local outbreaks that pinpoint sources of infection to the house party level. But even if Grijalva got the virus on the plane or elsewhere, it was the Trump administration and its House lickspittles who forced him to take unnecessary risks to do his job. The bio-terrorists even left a paper trail:
Here’s Interior Sec. David Bernhardt, telling Grijalva’s committee that he’ll only debrief him in person, and that the flight from Arizona to DC is an “easy trip.” 4/6 pic.twitter.com/418sKJwwcJ
— Radley Balko (@radleybalko) August 1, 2020
This makes McCarthy’s simpering tweet all the more repellent. No wonder Republicans are hell-bent on shielding corporations from liability for unsafe workplaces in the aid package currently being negotiated. They created an unsafe workplace for fellow lawmakers.