‘Not Based On Science’: Rep. Massie Refuses Pelosi Mask Mandate

This past Tuesday Kentucky House Representative Thomas Massie (R-KA) criticized the House mask mandate instilled by Nancy Pelosi, claiming the rule has absolutely nothing to do with science. 

“We’ve had enough.” Massie posted on Twitter. “We are refusing to wear our masks on the floor during this vote in spite of Pelosi’s threat to take $500 from each of us.”

“Her rule is not based on science. All you need to know is the mask rule has only ever applied to members when they can be seen on TV!,” he added. 

While the numbers of resistance among Republicans are small, Massie was not entirely alone in this endeavor. Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA-14) joined the resistance for normalcy as well, posting a video of herself shredding a warning letter from Nancy Pelosi that threatened penalties for not masking. 

Around seven more House Republicans apparently went maskless on the House floor Tuesday. “I can’t hear you with your mask on,” Massie quipped at an unspecified Democratic Rep. who confronted the group.

Following a sudden change in guidance issued Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House — that says fully vaccinated people need not wear masks when indoors — a group of over thirty House Republicans, led by Republican Ohio Rep. Bob Gibbs, sent a letter to Pelosi urging the immediate repeal of any House related COVID rules. 

“Speaker Pelosi, In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance released on May 13, 2021 we urge you to immediately return to normal voting procedures and end mandatory mask requirements in the House of Representatives,” the Thursday letter read.

“The United States Congress must serve as a model to show the country we can resume normal life through vaccination. Let’s follow the science and get back to work,” Gibbs’ letter concluded.

Pelosi can be seen not wearing in a mask in a crowded White House room just a day after threatening House Republicans for not masking here:

Despite the recent change in tone of many lockdown propagandists regarding indoor masking, Pelosi has refused to budge on her draconian rules of forced masking in the House. If the actions of Pelosi and other authoritarians do not demonstrate that these policies are about control and nothing more, what will?