Two more House Democrats test positive for COVID-19, blame maskless colleagues for creating a 'superspreader event' amid Capitol siege

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Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Brad Schneider announced they have tested positive for COVID-19, the second and third Democrats to do so after legislators were...
locked down together in close quarters during the siege of the Capitol.

"Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them," the congresswoman from Washington said in a statement released late Monday night. "Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack."

"I am now in strict isolation, worried that I have risked my wife's health and angry at the selfishness and arrogance of the anti-maskers who put their own contempt and disregard for decency ahead of the health and safety of their colleagues and staff," said Schneider, who said he drove back to Illinois and has yet to experience any symptoms. He said he received his positive result on Tuesday morning.

While Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an attempt to stop the formal counting of electoral votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory, legislators of both parties were in a secure location for hours, with many Republicans refusing to wear masks. Congress confirmed Biden's victory a few hours later.

On Monday afternoon, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., announced she had tested…
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