そうだった, in some ways
, the usual crowd
. ワイオミング州. リズ・チェイニー, who has become the face of the Trump resistance within the party
. South Carolina Rep
. Tom Rice
, who voted to impeach Trump for his conduct on January
6. Pennsylvania Rep
. Brian Fitzpatrick
, who represents a district Joe Biden carried by 5 ポイント
But there was one name that stood out to me among the “nays”: Louisiana Rep. ジュリア・レトロー.
Letlow came to Congress this spring
, winning a special election
— and pay attention here
— to replace her late husband
, who won the seat in
2020 だが Covid-19で亡くなりました before taking office
So a woman who watched her husband die from Covid-19 was on the other side of the vast majority of Republicans on a vote that was, 効果的に, a referendum on mask-wearing in the House. That should tell you a little something about the state of the GOP these days.
(注目に値する: Letlow later voted for a motion to adjourn offered by Georgia Rep. ジョディやった. Her office didn’t return multiple emails seeking an explanation for that second vote.)
Mask-wearing didn’t have to be a political issue. It could have been purely a public health matter — 一番いい方法, short of being vaccinated against Covid-19, to stop the spread of a virus that has killed more than 610,000 アメリカ人.
But Donald Trump — through his open skepticism of masks and mocking of Joe Biden for wearing one, managed to make the mask a political football. Wearing one was cowardly and an overreaction. Not wearing one was a sign of freedom or liberty. Or something.
And now Republicans are up in arms, 再び, over having to put on a mask. They should heed the words of Letlow, back in March, when talking about her constituents: “I want to wear that mask and make sure that I’m protecting them.”