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Three Texas Democrats Test Positive For ‘The Vid’ After Flying Maskless To Washington DC

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It would have likely been called a super spreader even if it were Republicans.

While on what can be described a s public relations trip to Washington DC, three Texas Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19 after flying to the Capitol and taking maskless photos on the airplane, The Austin American Statesman reported.

They’re among nearly 60 lawmakers who fled the state Monday to break quorum in the House, part of an effort to block the passage of a GOP-led elections bill. Most members are staying in the same hotel.

One member found out about their positive test result late Friday evening, but they do not have symptoms, caucus officials said. All House lawmakers were alerted and received a rapid test following the member’s positive result.

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Two additional members tested positive in a rapid test on Saturday morning. One has mild symptoms, caucus leadership said.

The three who tested positive on the rapid tests will receive a PCR coronavirus test, a more sensitive and accurate version of a COVID-19 test. The positive members will isolate for 10 days before taking a follow-up test, according to a memo obtained by the American-Statesman. 

“The House Democratic Caucus is following all CDC guidance and protocols,” House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rep. Chris Turner said. “This is a sober reminder that COVID is still with us, and though vaccinations offer tremendous protection, we still must take necessary precautions. We are in touch with public health experts in Texas to provide additional guidance. Our caucus will follow all recommendations from public health experts as we continue our work.”

But what is even more curious is that the three members are fully vaccinated.

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We do not want anyone to get COVID-19, but the hypocrisy is astounding, and knowing that it happened on a trip many believe they took to score political points was something that amused many on Twitter.

These Democrats also met with Kamala Harris and we have yet to discover if she is going to quarantine.

“This is quite possibly the biggest disaster of a trip not seen since the S.S. Minnow. Perhaps all of these Texas Democrats ignoring the mask mandate on the plane to DC led to this. Look forward to seeing the coverage…,” Joe Concha said.

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“Karma has a way of biting you in the ass. They went to Washington to catch COVID-19 now they should be denied transportation until they test negative twice,” Samuel Williams said.

“Three Texas state democrats that fled their legislative responsibilities on a private plane (unmasked) to the safety of The People’s Republic of DC, into the arms of their beloved leader @SpeakerPelosi, have tested positive for #Covid,” Jonathan T. Gilliam said.

“Put their pathetic asses in quarantine. Democrats once again showing that rules don’t apply to them and paying for it this time,” Matthew Betley said.

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It was an all around bad week for Texas Democrats as one was removed from his leadership position after fleeing.

Having absconded from Texas for Washington D.C. to break quorum in the Texas House of Representatives, Republican leaders in the state are refusing to sit idly by and are instead meting out punishment for the Democrats who chose to neglect their duties as elected representatives.

On Thursday, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan posted a notice that Democrat speaker pro tempore Joe Moody had been stripped of his title under the rules of the Texas House, details of which were released on social media by Texas Tribune reporter Cassi Pollock, who wrote, “House Speaker [Dade Phelan] has relieved [Joe Moody] from his position as speaker pro tempore.”

“Pursuant to my authority under House Rule 1, Section 10, I have relieved Representative Joe Moody from his position as Speaker Pro Tempore for the 87th Legislature, effective immediately,” Phelan said in the statement.

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