Many House Republicans took to social media to hit back in outrage at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “unlawful and tyrannical” order to have staff and visitors who are not wearing masks on Capitol Grounds arrested for unlawful entry.
Pelosi had ordered Capitol Police officers to enforce the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, which recommend even vaccinated people wear masks in indoor spaces. She directed officers to arrest staff and visitors not complying with the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals.
“This is so out of control. Pelosi is massively drunk on power, obsessed with control, and hypocritical and partisan beyond belief,” Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) wrote in a tweet. “This isn’t just some mask mandate either. The enforcement measures are absurd. *There are now just 27 COVID-19 patients in ALL DC hospitals.”
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) noted that “in Biden-Pelosi’s America the maskless are arrested while the looters, shoplifters, and border crossers go free.”
Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) said Pelosi has “lost her damn mind,” and emphasized that the Capitol “is the People’s House, not her House.”
“Let me make it easy for you, Speaker Pelosi, my office, and my visitors won’t comply — have an issue with that? Come see me,” he concluded in a tweet.
“This is INSANE. Might as well come into my office and arrest my entire staff. We are not wearing masks. I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and the chief of police don’t have this authority,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) tweeted.