Texas representative Louie Gohmert, who was scolded just yesterday by Jerry Nadler for not wearing a mask during William Barr’s testimony to Congress, has revealed he just tested positive for the coronavirus. To make matters worse, Gohmert told his staffers in person, having walked to his office from the White House, potentially infecting an unknown number of people on his way.
Gohmert is one of the more vocal members of the GOP to refute the mask mandate, and along with Jim Jordan and Andy Biggs. However, Gohmert is now one-upping his stance now that he’s positive for COVID19 by introducing a conspiracy theory to his diagnosis.
Gohmert is now clinging to the theory that his mask caused him to catch the virus. “I can’t help but wonder if by keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, if I might have put some germs, some of the virus on the mask and breathed it in,” Gohmert said in an interview with Texas TV station KETK. “I don’t know but I got it.”
This conspiracy theory comes sharp on the heels of the GOP backing a Breitbart video of a group of people in white coats claiming to be doctors. Pushing hydroxychloroquine as a cure and claiming the virus comes from “demon sex”, the video was quickly removed from Facebook and other social media platforms for its outright lies. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has also aired the video on his show, claiming “there’s nothing wrong” with it.
Tensions between Democrats and Republicans over the mask debate increased today in a House Judiciary Committee meeting where Jim Jordan continued to refuse to wear his mask. Gohmert, who was tested at the White House just before he was to board Air Force One, will now quarantine at home.