On the heels of Democrat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issuing a directive mandating masks in Congress, with threats of arrest for anyone who is not a lawmaker, footage emerged of New York Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler reading the newspaper without one.
The video, posted by Montana Republican Rep. Matt Rosendale, shows Nadler without a mask flipping through his daily reading. “Looks like mask mandates and threats of arrests don’t apply to senior Democrats. #hypocrisy,” Rosendale tweeted.
— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) July 29, 2021
New rules published Wednesday, “Wearing of Masks Mandatory at All Times for USCP Personnel in Interior Spaces on Capitol Ground,” note that all Capitol personnel must mask up.
“Therefore, effective immediately, to promote the good health and well-being of our employees, all USCP personnel must wear a mask at all times when in interior spaces throughout the Capitol Grounds,” the document states, saying the policy should be enforced for “all staff and visitors.” “Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for unlawful entry.”
“Although this applies to Members of Congress, officers should not arrest any Member for failure to wear a mask or to comply with the mask mandate. Any Member who fails to comply with a request to wear a mask should be reported to the House Sergeant at Arms’ office,” the document prescribes. “If a staffer, who is accompanying a Member, refuses to wear a mask, that refusal should be noted and reported to a supervisor who will, in turn, refer the matter to the House Sergeant at Arms.”
As The Federalist reported on Wednesday, the top physician in Congress was caught without a mask while lecturing Republicans on Pelosi’s new mandate.
Nadler’s office did not respond to a request for comment.