GOP congressman who is suing Pelosi over mask mandate contracts coronavirus

August 9, 2021

Representative Ralph Norman (R-South Carolina)—one of three Republican members of Congress whom last week filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi over the House mask mandate, has tested positive for COVID-19, he said in a statement on Thursday, August 5, The Washington Post reports.

“After experiencing minor symptoms this morning, I sought a COVID-19 test and was just informed the test results were positive,” Norman tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “Thankfully, I have been fully vaccinated and my symptoms remain mild.”

Norman added that he would be in quarantine for the next ten days and work virtually “to every extent possible.”

A week ago, Norman—along with Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) and Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky)—filed a lawsuit against Pelosi (D-California), arguing that fines they had incurred for not wearing masks on the House floor were unconstitutional. The three were each fined $500 in May for mask violations.

They argued that, at the time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had changed its guidance to say that fully vaccinated people most likely did not have to wear masks. Pelosi, however, kept in place the mask mandate on the House floor, sparking a backlash among House Republicans, who accused Pelosi of wanting simply to “control” the chamber.

With the more contagious Delta variant driving a surge in coronavirus infections across the country, Pelosi last week reimposed a mask requirement in the House, leading again to protests by House GOP members.

“Government-imposed mask mandates represent a harmful combination of virtue signaling and unjustified fear,” Norman tweeted last week.

Representatives for Norman’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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