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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who tested positive for Covid-19, blames Republicans who "cruelly refused" to wear masks during the Capitol riots.

Jayapal announced Tuesday that she tested positive for Covid-19. She blamed Republican lawmakers for refusing to wear masks as they huddled together in a secure chamber after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

In a statement released Tuesday, Jayapal, a Democrat, said, "I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one."

She continued: "Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, 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."

Jayapal said GOP lawmakers should be "fully held accountable" for not wearing masks and for "endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms."

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But a video released by CBS News on January 6 shows Jayapal maskless as she huddled with other maskless lawmakers during the riots.

Jayapal is not wearing a mask for the entirety of the nearly 3 minute video. She is seen holding a makeshift gas mask which she doesn't wear. Jayapal routinely doesn't wear masks during committee hearings.

As the terrified congresswomen huddled together in fear, another maskless lawmaker prays loudly for divine intervention "in Jesus' name."

Three congresswomen tested positive for Covid-19 after the riots. Two of them wore face masks at all times.

Democrat New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Coleman tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. She also blamed Republicans and pro-Trump supporters for her positive test.

Democrat Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore voted on the House floor for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, just five days after announcing she tested positive.

Jayapal's office declined to respond when a reporter asked about the CBS video that showed the congresswoman not wearing a mask.
 

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Incoming Congresswoman Cori Bush, RN, was surprised when Republicans on Capitol Hill mistakenly referred to her as "Breonna Taylor."

Bush said Republican lawmakers repeatedly addressed her as "Breonna Taylor" during her first day on the Hill when congressional lawmakers met their newly-elected colleagues for the first time.

She was surprised to learn that her fellow lawmakers didn't know who Breonna Taylor was.

Taylor died in her Louisville home in March during a botched raid by three undercover police officers who were searching for a drug suspect.

Bush, who is Black, said she was hurt that some of her white colleagues in Congress had never heard of Breonna Taylor -- despite violent protests that dominated the news cycle every day over the summer.

"To arrive at Congress to find out that several Republican colleagues do not know her name is not only shocking, but incredibly hurtful," she said.

"I didn't hear it once; I didn't hear it twice, I heard it several times," Bush told NBC News on Friday.

Bush, a registered nurse, pastor, and activist from St. Louis, Missouri, said lawmakers were confused by her black cloth mask printed with Taylor's name in white letters.

But not everyone is buying that excuse.

"How can anyone mistake anyone who's alive to the late Breonna Taylor," asked Charlamagne tha god on the Breakfast Club morning show.

Bush defeated 20-year incumbent William Lacy Clay in the August Democratic primary. She built a name for herself as a Black Lives Matter activist during the 2014 Ferguson riots.
 

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Katie Hill resigned from Congress after a series of embarrassing photo leaks and salacious details about her private life were published online.

"It is with a broken heart that today I announce my resignation from Congress," she wrote in a statement on Sunday. "This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do, but I believe it is the best thing for my constituents, my community, and our country."

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The freshman Democratic Congresswoman made headlines after leaked photos showed her smoking a bong while naked.

London's Daily Mail published the photos along with scandalous details that Hill, who is married, carried on sexual affairs with male and female Capitol Hill interns.

The U.S. news media immediately defended Hill, calling the photos "revenge porn" and saying she participated in "consensual, non-monogamous" affairs. The media said society should remove the stigma from "consensual non-monogamous" relationships.

Hill, who is seeking a divorce, blamed her husband for leaking the photos and the salacious details about her private life, Newsweek.com reports.

"During the final tumultuous years of my abusive marriage, I became involved in a relationship with someone in my campaign," she said in a statement.

"Even a consensual relationship with a subordinate is inappropriate, but I still allowed it to happen despite my better judgement. For that, I apologize."

Capitol Hill police launched a probe into the leaked nude photos after the 32-year-old Congresswoman asked them to investigate if any laws were broken.

Hill's lawyers sent cease-and-desist letters to the Daily Mail and other blogs that published the photos.

The letter informed the Daily Mail that "The California Penal Code accordingly makes it a criminal offense to 'intentionally distribute the image of the intimate body part or parts of another identifiable person.'"

The scandalous photos are still live on the Daily Mail's website.

Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib (not pictured) and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who call themselves "the Squad", conducted a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center on Monday to respond to comments tweeted by President Donald Trump.

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