Within the group of over 50 Texas Democrats who fled their state in order to quash a quorum on a voter security bill, at least six of the maskless, vaccinated Democrats have tested positive for COVID-19, and it’s not a stretch to presume that more could follow.
According to The Daily Wire, it appears as if the Texas Dems are the origin of what looks to be a “super spreader” event, as new reports are emerging of not only staffers in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) testing positive, but also a number of White House officials, many of whom had direct contact with the group of infected Texas lawmakers.
Notably, one of the White House officials who tested positive for COVID-19 was previously undisclosed, until White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki was pressed by reporters on the increasing number of infected individuals in the White House.
Psaki clarifies to @edokeefe there have been other breakthrough COVID-19 cases in the White House that have not been publicly disclosed.
— Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) July 20, 2021
Adding to the debacle was news reported by Axios that one of Pelosi’s top staffers — who was responsible for showing the group of Texas Democrats around Capitol Hill — tested positive for the virus.
“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated senior spokesperson in the Speaker’s press office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week,” spokesperson Drew Hammill said, adding that staffers are now working remotely as a precaution.
Vice President Kamala Harris also found herself in the middle of controversy — again — after her office seemingly misled the media about her COVID-19 testing status after she met with the Texas Dems.
The vice president’s team initially said that a COVID-19 test wasn’t necessary, which was just one day before Harris made a “routine” and “pre-scheduled” trip to Walter Reed hospital. It was revealed on Monday by Psaki during a press briefing that Harris was, in fact, tested for the virus after her meeting with the Texas lawmakers, reportedly testing negative.
When a similar situation of multiple COVID-19 infections happened in former President Donald Trump’s White House, most of the media seized on the news in an effort to criticize his administration’s officials as being “super spreaders.” Strangely, the same media outlets appear to be oddly silent on what’s currently happening in the White House.