New photos published this week show California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell sitting maskless at a Florida hotel, just days after he claimed Republicans had “prolonged” the coronavirus pandemic.
In the photos, published Wednesday by the Daily Mail, the maskless Swalwell can be seen talking with a woman in the lobby of the four-star Loews Miami Beach Hotel.
Eric Swalwell living his best life mask-less indoors in Florida while COVID cases are spiking. Where is Fang Fang? pic.twitter.com/6zrxc4Alv4
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) January 6, 2022
According to the Daily Mail: “Despite being out of his usual office attire, it wasn’t long before the congressman was recognized and approached by bystanders who took note of his unlikely visit to the Sunshine State.”
“When a guest saw [Swalwell] sitting there with his child and another person they sarcastically said: ‘Nice to see you in Miami,’ one witness told the outlet. “He said: ‘Thank you.'”
EXCLUSIVE: Eric Swalwell congressman follows in AOC's footsteps and goes maskless at posh Miami hotel https://t.co/tCgfj4gA3c
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) January 5, 2022
But Swalwell was soon struck “speechless,” the report said.
“But when the hotel guest went on to ask about his lack of face covering and if he was vaccinated, Swalwell was left ‘speechless,’ according to the source,” the outlet reported.
Swalwell’s office suggested in a statement to the Daily Mail that he had done nothing wrong.
“The Congressman was in the Sunshine State to take official meetings and campaign to help Democrats keep the House,” the statement said.
“He loves Florida and has dozens of family members there. It is lies from unvaccinated Republicans that are prolonging the pandemic,” it added.
Swalwell struck a similar tone in a tweet last week that mentioned “masks everywhere.”
As we end 2021, mired in a deadly pandemic, you should know who has prolonged it. THESE GUYS. Republican liars. Your vacation cancelled. Your kids back to virtual learning. And back to masks everywhere. For blame look no farther than #TheseGuys. pic.twitter.com/v3S43HKPVZ
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) December 31, 2021
“As we end 2021, mired in a deadly pandemic, you should know who has prolonged it. THESE GUYS. Republican liars,” he wrote. “Your vacation cancelled. Your kids back to virtual learning. And back to masks everywhere. For blame look no farther than #TheseGuys.”