Only in the age of Donald Trump could a deadly global pandemic become a political lightning rod that inspires his followers to risk their own and their family’s lives to make a political point. Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has been vocally anti-mask, refusing to wear one, tearing his mask off when he does wear one, and vowing that he’d never catch the disease because he’s tested so often.
The announcement came on Wednesday. Gohmert had tested positive for COVID-19, because of course he did.
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Gohmert has continued to say that he is fine and asymptomatic, prompting some to worry that if he has a smooth recovery, he’ll use that to stir the debate even more. Gohmert’s daughter, Caroline, a recording artist whose professional name is Bellsaint, pleaded with people on Twitter to not follow her father’s example and to wear masks, take the virus seriously, and to stop listening to Donald Trump.
POLITICO reports that:
‘Gohmert was scheduled to fly to Texas on Wednesday morning with President Donald Trump and tested positive in a pre-screen at the White House. The eighth-term Republican told CNN last month that he was not wearing a mask because he was being tested regularly for the coronavirus.
‘”[I]f I get it,” he told CNN in June, “you’ll never see me without a mask.”‘
Twitter offered Caroline an outpouring of support for her and her family, but also spoke out against the possibility of Gohmert ever having a chance to influence others again. Read some of their comments below:
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