While we hope that mask skeptic Rep. Louie Gohmert (Moron-Tex.) recovers from coronavirus, we are glad that his recklessness has had the happy circumstances of causing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to team up with the sergeant-at-arms and attending physician of the United States Congress, Rear Adm. Brian Monahan, M.D., to require the simple, lifesaving face coverings throughout the Capitol.
The U.S. Capitol Police will enforce the new mandatory rule. Members are hereby barred from the floor without masks; no longer is this a suggestion. The same for committee meetings. The same for everywhere in the multi-building complex. Just as shirts and shoes (and pants) are required, so are masks while there’s a high incidence of a deadly and easily transmitted disease floating around.
That ain’t politics. It’s science.
There’s no more right to appear in the well of the House naked than than there is to have a naked face. Put on trousers and put on a mask. Those who forget, will be provided with one.
It’s not just the 435 lords of the manor and even more lordly 100 senators, but all 20,000 people who work on Capitol Hill, from aides to interns to janitors to cooks. Gohmert the fool had his staff in close quarters and shunned mask-wearing. So how did that work out, Louie?
Members of Congress both reflect us and represent us; they both follow and lead. As coronavirus rages, too many Americans, like Gohmert, still will not swallow the most basic lesson learned: Wear a damn mask.
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