Rand Paul Complies With D.C. Mask Rules — After Being Called Out On Senate Floor
Senator Rand Paul was called out by a colleague, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) this week for failing to wear a mask on the Senate floor. After the scolding on record, Paul reportedly did decide to comply with the mask mandate.
Masks have been required in the Senate chambers since early in the pandemic. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, when he was Majority Leader, even boasted of the Senate’s willingness to take precautions, and said he wouldn’t visit the Trump White House because adequate precautions were not being taken there.
Though President Joe Biden’s mandate requiring masks on Federal property is new, the rule in the Senate is not. However, Senator Paul had to be called out publicly on Thursday to get his compliance. You can see Senator Brown’s plea for respect for colleagues and medical recommendations in a clip he later tweeted below.
Crooks & Liars reports that and Paul did put a mask on afterwards.
Paul has been a vocal anti-masker. He’s advocated for anyone who has already survived COVID-19 to “throw away their mask,” as Washington Post reported in November, saying those individuals should celebrate the freedom to go to restaurants and join group activities with the certainty that they’re safe and immune.
However, in October — that is to say, before Paul made this assertion — medical journal The Lancet explained that there was already evidence that COVID-19 survivors could be infected a second time — and that the second infection might be much more severe.