The GOP Rep. suing Pelosi over House mask mandate, which he broke, has caught COVID-19

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Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina.

  • A GOP lawmaker suing over the mask mandate in the House of Representatives caught COVID-19.
  • Rep. Ralph Norman said Thursday that he had tested positive despite being fully vaccinated.
  • Norman is suing Pelosi after he was fined for not wearing a mask on the House floor in May.
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A Republican lawmaker who is suing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over her instructions to wear masks in Congress has tested positive for COVID-19.

Rep. Ralph Norman is one of three GOP lawmakers suing Pelosi after they were fined for failing to wear a mask on the House floor during a May vote.

Pelosi last year introduced a requirement for members to wear masks while they were in the House to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

“After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a COVID-19 test and was just informed the results were positive,” Norman tweeted Thursday.

“Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild.

“To every extent possible, I will continue my work virtually while in quarantine for the next ten (10) days.”

Norman last week sued Pelosi along with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Thomas Massi, the Associated Press reported.

Their lawsuit argued that the $500 fines were unconstitutional.

They said a clause in the US Constitution only allows Reps. to be punished for “disorderly behavior”, which they said their rejection of masks did not amount to.

The lawsuit said: “The masking requirement was an attempt to prescribe what shall be orthodox in politics, medicine, and science, despite a deep divide over these issues of opinion.”

“It has been used to force Plaintiffs and other members of the minority party to be instruments for fostering public adherence to this ideological point of view that plaintiffs find unacceptable.”

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GOP congressman lashes out at Juneteenth becoming a federal holiday: ‘Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians?’

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Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina.

  • Rep. Ralph Norman criticized the creation of a federal holiday for Juneteenth.
  • “How many holidays do we want?” he asked. “Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians?”
  • Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers delivered news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas.
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On Wednesday, the House voted 415-14 to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the nation’s newest federal holiday.

Since the bill was previously passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, it headed to President Joe Biden, who on Thursday swiftly signed the legislation into law.

GOP Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina, one of 14 Republicans who voted against the legislation, took to Fox News Radio on Thursday to explain his opposition, saying that the vote “was an easy no vote” and questioned if a holiday would now have to be established for Native Americans as well.

During the program “Fox Across America with Jimmy Failla,” Norman also cited the number of existing holidays in detailing his rejection of a federal holiday for Juneteenth, while alleging that supporters were using “race” as an issue.

“There’s one Fourth of July. There’s one birthday … Independence Day is Fourth of July. And I had a lot of negativity on it. But this was an easy ‘no’ vote,” he said. “The fact that they would try to make race a part of it, it had nothing to do with race.”

He added: “How many holidays do we want? What’s the magic number? This would put it to eleven. Do we want twenty? Are we going to do one for the Native American Indians? I mean, where does it stop?”

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Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers delivered news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas, two months after the end of the Civil War and two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.

Juneteenth is the first national holiday that has been established in the US since the creation of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday in 1983.

“All Americans can feel the power of this day, and learn from our history,” Biden said at a ceremony at the White House on Thursday. “I said a few weeks ago, marking the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments. Great nations don’t ignore their most painful moments. They don’t ignore those moments of the past. They embrace them. Great nations don’t walk away.”

He emphasized: “We come to terms with the mistakes we made. And in remembering those moments, we begin to heal and grow stronger.”

At the White House, Vice President Kamala Harris also reaffirmed the historical significance of the Juneteenth.

“We are footsteps away from where President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation,” she said. “We have come far and we have far to go, but today is a day of celebration. It is not only a day of pride. It is also a day for us to reaffirm and rededicate ourselves to action.”

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After Rep. Liz Cheney voted to impeach Trump, a male GOP colleague said he was bothered by her ‘attitude’

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Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyoming).

  • Rep. Liz Cheney was chastised by several male GOP colleagues following her vote to impeach Trump.
  • Rep. Norman of South Carolina told Cheney that she had “a defiant attitude,” according to The Times.
  • Cheney refused to apologize for her vote and the caucus decided to keep her in leadership.
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This past year, GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming has been tested by the most conservative elements of her party.

As the No. 3 House Republican, Cheney’s has a huge platform to influence the direction of the party.

However, after Cheney decided to join nine other Republicans and every House Democrat to impeach former President Donald Trump of “incitement of insurrection” for his role in the January 6 Capitol riot, her stock within the party sank among many members.

By going against the reigning leader from her own party, her position in leadership was quickly imperiled.

After the contentious vote, House Republicans discussed Cheney’s fate during the party’s Feb. 3 conference meeting.

Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, gave a deeply personal speech, saying she was “deeply, deeply concerned about where our party is headed,” according to The New York Times Magazine.

“We cannot become the party of QAnon,” she stressed. “We cannot become the party of Holocaust denial. We cannot become the party of white supremacy. We all watched in horror what happened on Jan. 6.”

On that fateful day, Trump blasted Cheney in his speech to his supporters that gathered near the Capitol before many of them stormed the Capitol building.

“The Liz Cheneys of the world, we got to get rid of them,” he said.

The former vice president called his daughter to let her know that Trump called her out by name during his speech, according to The Times.

During the Feb. 3 GOP conference meeting, several members asked Cheney to apologize for her vote to impeach Trump, but she refused.

“I cannot do that,” she said.

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A contingent of members lined up to speak about the subject, with about half of the speakers indicating that they would support removing Cheney from leadership, according to The Times.

Rep. Ralph Norman of South Carolina said that he was disheartened by Cheney’s vote before critiquing her personality, according to The Times.

“The other thing that bothers me, Liz … is your attitude,” he said. “You’ve got a defiant attitude.”

Rep. John Rutherford of Florida said that by Cheney casting such a consequential vote against Trump, she was not acting as a “team player.”

According to The Times, Rep. Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania even compared Cheney’s actions to a jilted girlfriend rooting for another team.

“You look up into the stands and see your girlfriend on the opposition’s side – that’s one hell of a tough thing to swallow,” he said.

A female GOP colleague loudly said: “She’s not your girlfriend!”

Many Republican women in Washington were shocked by the statement.

“We emailed that around, just horrified, commenting in real time,” said former GOP Rep. Barbara Comstock of Virginia.

Cheney was reportedly unmoved by the heated discourse, only responding to direct questions.

When House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California sought to move past the issue, Cheney insisted that a vote on her status within the party be held that day.

In a 145-61 vote, the GOP caucus decided to keep Cheney in leadership.

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House Republicans scoff at new security measures in place at the US Capitol less than a week after Trump provoked a violent insurrection

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Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., center, smiles after joining other freshman Republican House members for a group photo at the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

  • A number of House Republicans sparred with Capitol police Tuesday over new security measures that were implemented in the wake of the Capitol siege on January 6.
  • Reporters at the Capitol building saw GOP lawmakers — including Reps. Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, and Steve Scalise — scoffing at the newly installed metal detectors at the US Capitol.
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A number of House Republicans are flouting the new security measures put in place at the Capitol building in the wake of a violent insurrection attempt on January 6, according to reporters covering Capitol Hill.

After pro-Trump rioters breached the Capitol building last week, Capitol police implemented new safety protocols, including newly installed metal detectors and mask requirements.

Reporters present at the US Capitol on Tuesday night watched GOP lawmakers push past or blatantly walk around metal detectors, as the chamber votes on a resolution to call on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and some members of Trump’s cabinet to depose the president.

GOP freshman congresswoman Lauren Boebert, who has engaged with QAnon conspiracy theories, refused to walk through the metal detector and allow Capitol police to search her bag, according to reporter Marc Rod. Boebert was later allowed to enter the chamber; it’s unclear if her bag was searched.

Boebert was on the radar of the DC police after the freshman congresswoman released an ad saying she will “carry my firearm in DC and in Congress.”

Read more: DC police will reach out to a GOP freshman congresswoman who released an ad in which she appeared to walk around the US Capitol with a handgun

“It’s our job in Congress to defend your rights, including your Second Amendment, and that’s exactly what I’m here to do,” Boebert continued in the ad.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee III said Boebert would be “subjected to the same penalties for everyone else that’s caught on the District of Columbia street carrying a firearm unlawfully.”

HuffPost’s Matt Fuller tweeted that he saw “about 10 Republicans walk around the magnetometer” – among them, GOP Reps. Ralph Norman, Scott Perry, Jeff Duncan, and Steve Stivers, who told Capitol police that he believes metal detectors are unconstitutional.

GOP Reps. Markwayne Mullin and Steve Womack also refused to walk through the metal detectors, CNN’s Manu Raju tweeted, with both Republican lawmakers sparring with Capitol police over the new safety protocol.

Rep. Steve Scalise was photographed by Raju with his arms crossed in front of the magnetometer, calling the new protocol “untenable” because it “impedes the ability of members to come and vote. This is our job.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert walked around the metal detector, Fuller reported, telling police as he passed by: “You can’t stop me; I’m on my way to a vote.”

Aside from those who argued with Capitol police, GOP freshman Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a QAnon supporter, complied with the new security measure. She thanked officers for their work while yelling at reporters present in the building, asking them where they were when people “burned the building and looted… do you guys remember that?”

Before entering the chamber, she turned back and said “all the media and all the liars and them, they’re not great.”

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