Clyburn Scolds GOP: Wear a Mask or Don’t Attend Hearings

Clyburn Scolds GOP: Wear a Mask or Don’t Attend Hearings

June 30, 2020

House Coronavirus Crisis Select Subcommittee Chairman Jim Clyburn on Monday threatened not to allow Republicans to attend hearings in person without wearing a mask, according to Breitbart News.

In a letter to Rep. Steve Scalise, the top Republican on the panel, Clyburn declared, “Going forward, as long as the Attending Physician’s requirement to wear masks is in place, I will not recognize any Member of this Subcommittee to participate in person in any Subcommittee meeting or hearing unless the Member is wearing a mask and strictly adheres to the Attending Physician’s guidance. Members who do not wish to wear a mask are welcome to participate remotely…”

By refusing to wear a mask or any other facial coverings during a hearing on Friday, Republicans “undermined the safety of everyone” in the vicinity, including colleagues, staff, witnesses, Capitol Police, and custodial personnel, among others, Clyburn claimed.

The mask, widely acknowledged to be ineffective, is not about saving lives but about controlling lives.

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