Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) has tested positive for the novel coronavirus — but that didn’t stop him from showing up to his office and talking with his staffers on Wednesday morning.
According to ABC News reporter Katherine Faulders, Gohmert “returned to his Capitol Hill office and told staff he wanted to inform them *in person* instead of finding out from news reports.”
Faulders adds that “some staffers were already in the process of leaving” the office to avoid potentially getting infected with COVID-19 when Gohmert arrived.
Politico reporter Jake Sherman confirmed Faulders’s report about Gohmert showing up to his office, and said that there is a “lot of frustration about the Texas Republican” at the moment.
Gohmert has been one of a handful of congressional Republicans who have rebelled against rules on wearing face masks in the building, and he was seen coming in close contact with Attorney General Bill Barr on Tuesday while neither man was wearing a mask.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 29, 2020
The Daily Show mocks Fox News for taking a premature victory lap on low coronavirus cases in Texas and Florida
It wasn't long ago that New England and west cost states were suffering under the weight of the coronavirus. They locked down states, shutdown the economies and mandated masks. Meanwhile, red states like Texas, Georgia and Florida were celebrating what they thought was smart leadership.
"And guess what," announced Fox News host Sean Hannity on May 20. "Now it's time for all the states to follow their lead."
That lead sent them down the pathway to being the worst in the country for coronavirus cases as COVID-19 ravaged everyone from children to the elderly.
Republican strategist says he can’t believe GOP Senate is going along with Trump unilaterally raising taxes: ‘We’re really going to do that?’
In discussion with MSNBC, two Republican strategists, Steve Schmidt and Stuart Stevens,
Schmidt explained that after having to deal with the likes of Sarah Palin on Sen. John McCain's bid for the presidency, he really hoped the GOP wouldn't make the mistake again of choosing someone so clearly ill-equipped. But then there was President Donald Trump.
He explained that Trump's decision to go at it alone over the coronavirus stimulus was a clear indication that he is desperate and losing.
"Donald Trump is cornered in his Bedminster Golf Club and he stood there yesterday signing unconstitutional executive orders, engaging in nonsense, nonsequiturs, nonsense, gibberish, proclaiming himself a victim to a half-drunk Saturday crowd of golfers assembled there, people that pay $350,000 to join the club," said Schmidt.
Trump calls Mt. Rushmore story ‘fake news’ — but then says it ‘sounds like a good idea’
President Donald Trump attacked CNN and the New York Times for their story that the White House reached out to the governor of South Dakota about Trump being added to Mt. Rushmore. He claimed it was "fake news" but then proceeded to mischaracterize what the report actually said.
"This is Fake News by the failing @nytimes & bad ratings @CNN. Never suggested it although, based on all of the many things accomplished during the first 3 1/2 years, perhaps more than any other Presidency, sounds like a good idea to me!"
The report doesn't say that he or the White House suggested the idea, it reported that the South Dakota governor created a mock-up of Mt. Rushmore with Trump's face on it.