Democratic Rep. Pramila Jayapal of Washington tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering in place with members of Congress who did not wear masks during the violent attack on the US Capitol last week.
“The callousness, the cruelty, the idiocy…is really beyond belief,” Jayapal said.
“What really enrages me is the way in which we were in a secure location, locked down, over a hundred people in that room, and Republicans refused to wear a mask,” she said to CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
She said she experienced some mild flu-like symptoms, including a fever, chills and a sore throat.
She is confident that she was infected on Wednesday because she got a test on Tuesday before the Capitol riot and tested negative at the end of the day, she said.
She’ll be voting by proxy today on impeachment, she added.
Jayapal said she “gives credit” to GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, the party’s third-ranking House leader, for announcing that she will vote to impeach President Trump.
“The GOP is cleaving before us as we see it. And, you know, hopefully, when people see her, that will give others some strength to also do the same thing,” she said.
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