Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) chastised and slandered “GOP members” who decline to abide by the Capitol mask mandate, saying they willfully endangered others’ health and comparing them to the January 6 “insurrectionists.”
Referring to an incident in which Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) allegedly told Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) to “kiss my ass” after she requested he wear a face mask while on an underground subway that carries congressmen from their offices to the Capitol, Jayapal said: “That should not be a problem in the United States Congress. I really believe that our colleagues who refuse to even adhere to the basic norms of civility are undermining our democracy, and of course we’re seeing it in all kinds of even more serious ways like the Jan. 6 insurrection is just part of that and part of the attempt to take down a legitimate democracy from functioning in the way it should."
Yes, those of us who have the audacity to walk around unmasked—barefaced!—are doing so in a deliberate attempt to “undermine our democracy,” or at least keep it from “functioning in the way it should.” We are insurrectionists-- terrorists really.
Because, when someone refuses to reflexively comply with an authoritarian government’s demands, that someone is obviously anti-democratic. Probably a fascist. Right?
In truth, every Democrat screaming that we are “going to lose our democracy” if Republicans/conservatives have their way…is actually…helping us to lose our democracy. Fighting federal mandates, authoritarianism, and tyranny is the only way we can keep “our democracy.”
Acquiescing to them will destroy it.
Note to Rep. Jayapal and Rep. Joyce: taking away peoples’ personal freedoms is not a hallmark of democratic government. Tyranny does not equal democracy.
But you are free to keep wearing your masks. Even as you kiss my ass.