Rep. Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, said Thursday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi might as well come to his office and arrest his entire staff for not wearing masks.
U.S. Capitol Police officers were directed to arrest staff members or visitors who refuse either to comply or leave the premises after being asked, according to a bulletin from Capitol Police Chief J. Thomas Manger.
“This is INSANE,” Massie tweeted. “I support the Capitol Hill Police, but the Chief of Police made a mistake here. The physician and chief of police don’t have this authority.”
Rep. Andy Biggs, an Arizona Republican, echoed Massie.
“This is insanity,” Biggs wrote on Twitter. “Threatening arrest for not wearing a mask is unlawful and tyrannical!”
Rep. Nancy Mace, a South Carolina Republican, sent a challenge to the speaker in a video.
“I had COVID. I’ve had two vaccinations. I’m washing my hands,” she said. “I’m even wearing my mask inside the chamber, but I’m not going to wear it anywhere else. So, Madam Speaker, come and get me.”
Rep. Kat Cammack, a Florida Republican, posted the bulletin issuing the order, calling it the most recent “edition of Pelosi’s abuse of power.”
“[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,” it read.
If staff members or visitors fail to wear a mask after they are requested to do so, they will be denied entry to all House office buildings and areas of the Capitol. Any person who does not comply to leave the premises upon request is subject to arrest, the bulletin stated.
Members of Congress should not be arrested over charges of failure to comply with the mandate, the bulletin noted. Instead, they should be reported to the House sergeant-at-arms office.
Rep. Roger Williams, a Texas Republican, said Pelosi is a socialist tyrant who appointed herself dictator of the House of Representatives.
“She’s ordered Capitol police to arrest our staff if not wearing a mask,” he tweeted. “She’s a tyrant and disgrace to the PEOPLE’s House.”
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Original Author: Luke Gentile