On Wednesday it was revealed that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for the coronavirus. Gohmert often refused to wear a face mask. Now that he has tested positive, he is blaming face masks.
Gohmert is just one of several House Republicans who have refused to wear a face mask, but he now claims he tested positive after he wore a mask.
“It’s really ironic, because, you know, a lot of people have made a big deal out of me not wearing a mask a lot but in the last week or two. I have worn a mask, more than I have in the whole last four months,” he said.
He then stated that he believes wearing a mask is why he has the virus.
“But I can’t help but wonder if my keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in — I don’t know. But I got it, we’ll see what happens from here, but the reports of my demise are very premature,” he said.
Gohmert was known to often show up for work with a face mask. He did not wear a mask inside or outside a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday where Attorney General William Barr gave testimony.
Gohmert discovered he was positive for COVID-19 after being tested prior to a planned trip with Donald Trump to Texas.
Gohmert insists he wore a mask during Tuesday’s hearing.
“And, you know, fake news media appear to have tweeted out that Nadler admonished me yesterday at the Judiciary hearing for not wearing a mask, but he didn’t admonish me. I was wearing my mask. There were a couple of other Republicans that were not wearing a mask at the time,” he stated referring to Judiciary’s chairman, Rep. Jerry Nadler.
Gohmert was advised to self-quarantine for the next 10 days.
“The president invited me to go with him to West Texas, even though I’m an East Texas guy, and before you go anywhere with the president or have a meeting with the president we always are tested, and they have a real quick test and the quick test was positive, and they said sometimes we get false positives,” he stated.
“And so, they did the one where they stick the swab way back up in your sinuses. And anyway, that one came back, it takes a little longer to get the answer, but it was positive. So, I didn’t have any of the symptoms that you see listed for the coronavirus. But anyway, now I need to self-quarantine,” he added.
Staff members found out Gohmert had tested positive through Politico’s Jake Sherman. An aide of Gohmert’s sent Sherman the following email.
“Jake, Thank you for letting our office know Louie tested positive for the coronavirus. When you write your story can you include the fact that Louie requires full staff to be in his office, including three interns, so that ‘we could be an example to America on how to open up safely.” When probing the office, you might want to ask how often were people berated for wearing masks,” the email read.