WASHINGTON — Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) issued the following statement slamming Speaker Pelosi’s newly reinstated mask mandate in the House of Representatives.
“In the early days of the 117th Congress, I joined my Republican colleagues in demanding that truth return to the nation’s capital, especially in light of the showmanship and anti-science COVID protocols Speaker Pelosi then ordered. Here we are nearly seven months later, and I again call on truth in our nation’s capital regarding the Speaker’s recent reinstated mask mandate in the House of Representatives. Here are the facts: The basis of this decision comes from a study that hasn’t been printed yet, based in India and on a vaccine that isn’t even in America, and that failed peer review,” said Rep. Donalds.
“Throughout this pandemic, the so-called experts, big media, and Democrats have called into question the validity of public health and the objectivity of science, all while furthering their political power and using it to divide Americans. The Democrats are the only ones to blame for vaccine hesitancy. They spent the entire rollout of Operation Warp Speed calling into question the validity of the vaccine, and today their rules call in to question any incentive to get inoculated. I have said it before, and I will repeat it: I encourage every American to get vaccinated—but at the end of the day, it is the right of every American to decide to do so, not the government.
“To date, over 75 percent of those over the age of 65, the most vulnerable to COVID, are fully vaccinated, and we must continue to provide every American with the information and resources necessary to make the health decision that is best for them. Speaker Pelosi needs to stop the games. Let’s not forget, she flew in a COVID positive Democrat member to D.C. to ensure she had the votes necessary to become Speaker—this has never been about following the science; it has been about whatever works for Nancy.”