Democratic Rep. Ayanna Pressley criticized the GOP representatives who didn’t wear face masks during the Capitol riots. The congresswoman even went as far as saying the conservatives committed “chemical warfare” by not wearing a face cover.
“It’s criminal behavior,” said Pressley in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon on Thursday, adding, “I don’t know what else to call it.”
Pressley commented, “They have been complicit from the very beginning in their willful criminality to carry the water for Donald Trump and these science denials which allowed this pandemic to rage out of control.”
The Democrats alleged criminal behavior of the Republicans by refusing to wear the face masks.
“That’s chemical warfare so far as I’m concerned,” she said.
It’s for argument’s sake that purposely spreading COVID-19 would technically be “biological warfare,” which is different from “chemical warfare.”
Pressley claimed to have left the ‘safe room’ when she walked in and saw people not wearing masks.
“So imagine at that moment the choice that I was making. And we were told as we left that space, ‘You’ll be on your own in an evacuation.’ And I said, ‘I’ll take my chances,’” the congresswoman narrated.
Pressley then attacked her conservative colleagues who are among not wearing face masks during the riot. She also took to Twitter, condemning the Republican lawmakers.
“The second I realized our ‘safe room’ from the violent white supremacist mob included treasonous, white supremacist, anti-masker Members of Congress who incited the mob in the first place, I exited,” tweeted Pressly.
She said it got her furious that more of her colleagues are testing positive by the day.
Fox News reported the maskless Republicans, including Reps. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Michael Cloud (Texas), Doug LaMalfa (Calif.), and Scott Perry (Pa.).
On Wednesday, Pressley announced that her husband, Conan Harris, tested positive for the coronavirus. Harris was with the congresswoman when the riot sparked in the Capitol.
Harris, currently in isolation, experienced mild symptoms. It remains unclear how he contracted the virus. Meanwhile, Pressley tested negative but still in isolation with her staff members.
Pressley also expressed delight in co-sponsoring with Rep. Cori Bush the resolution that calls for the GOP House members’ expulsion due to their support in contesting the recent presidential election results in the swing states. They claim the Republican lawmakers are “unfit to serve.”
After her comments calling for “unrest in the streets” in summer resurfaced online, she became a recent hot topic.
“There needs to be unrest in the streets for as long as there’s unrest in our lives, and unfortunately, there’s plenty to go around,” said Pressley in an interview with “AM Joy” guest host Tiffany Cross in August.