Several Texas Democrats who fled the state capital to avoid voting on the election integrity bill have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Three out of 60 Texas House Democrats tested positive for the virus while in Washington, DC, According to the Texas House Democratic Caucus leadership.
Officials say one of the members came to know about his positive test late Friday evening, but did not have symptoms. All the House members were informed about the positive tests and all were tested immediately.
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The caucus says that two other members came to know about his positive test on Saturday.
Members who test positive will be forced to isolate themselves for 10 days.
Earlier this week, Democratic lawmakers fled the nation’s capital to avoid participating in a quorum vote on a Republican proposed bill aimed at strengthening voter ID requirements for mail-in ballots. The bill also bans drive-thru and overnight early voting.
The news received immediate criticism from conservatives on Twitter, some of them sarcastically pointing out that lawmakers had been photographed traveling on an airplane to DC without masks.
Washington Examiner commentary writer Eddie Scarry tweeted, “Seen a picture of a lot of them on a plane and no one was wearing a mask.” “Was I worried about how many people they might infect. I don’t know why they were so careless, with all these new forms. Just the science to follow.”
“Laws – like putting masks on planes – exist for a reason,” Washington Free Beacon Reporter Joe Simonson tweeted. “Very hurt by this reckless behavior in the process of sabotaging democracy. Everyone remembers the 12th of July.”
“Super Spreaders!!!!!” Conservative activist Ned Ryun tweeted.
Journalist Josh Jordan tweeted, “This would be called a super spreader event if it were Republicans who got COVID after not wearing a mask on a plane.” “Science is for you, not for me.”
Texas Democrats who fled Washington, DC took a different approach to travel during a pandemic just ten months ago.
In response to a Maine marriage “superspreader”, Rep. Donna Howard tweeted, “Personal liberty?
Another Texas Democrat who traveled to Washington, D.C., Rep. Vicky Goodwin, tweeted in March protesting the lifting of Texas’ statewide mask mandate.
The third Democrat to travel to Washington lamented the fact that masks were no longer required in Texas a few months ago.
“No more masks or restrictions, but Texas has the worst uninsured rate in the nation, a growing physician shortage, and leads the nation in rural hospital closures,” tweeted Texas State Rep. John Bucci III.
Last August, Democratic Texas State Rep. Chris Turner publicly slammed former President Donald Trump and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick for their handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Turner was one of the lawmakers who traveled to Washington, D.C.
LBL’ Dejaris Holt contributed to this article.