Rep. Greene defends going maskless, pushes back against Dem accusations of spreading COVID-19

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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended her decision to not wear a mask when locked in a secure room with other House members during the Capitol riots and the Georgia Republican pushed back against Democrats who are now blaming her and other maskless GOP members for their recent coronavirus positive tests.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene defended her decision to not wear a mask when locked in a secure room with other House members during the Capitol riots and the Georgia Republican pushed back against Democrats who are now blaming her and other maskless GOP members for their recent coronavirus positive tests.

Greene said she tested negative for COVID-19 on Jan. 4 at the White House and doesn't believe that healthy Americans should be forced to muzzle themselves with a mask.

"It is absolutely ridiculous and insane to blame us," Greene told Fox News. "[We] did not have COVID or any symptoms."

The newly elected House member stated that "Healthy people do not spread COVID" and pointed out that "COVID positive people spread COVID."

Asymptomatic and presymptomatic people can still spread COVID-19 to others even when they don't feel sick. That's why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends keeping six feet apart and wearing a mask to stop the spread.

Greene was one of six House Republicans caught on video by Punchbowl News huddled together -- and maskless -- during the lockdown as pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester of Delaware approached the GOP members offering them masks, but they refused.

After the prolonged lockdown, the Capitol attending physician told Congress on Jan. 10 that members who were cloistered together for hours in the safe room during Wednesday's riot may be at risk for coronavirus.

"Individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection," Dr. Brian P. Monahan wrote to House members on Sunday.

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Since then at least three Democrats have tested positive for coronavirus and have blamed their time in the safe room for their exposure: Reps. Brad Schneider of Illinois, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey.

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