Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-V.I., attends a House Oversight and Reform Committee markup in Rayburn Building on a resolution on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

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Rep. Stacey Plaskett says she opted not to shelter with Republican colleagues who weren’t wearing masks during the Capitol insurrection last week and instead chose to risk running into the mob as she sought safety elsewhere.

In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Plaskett, who serves as a House delegate representing the US Virgin Islands, said she was watching the debate over Electoral College votes remotely in her office as rioters who supported President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building on January 6.

She and her staff locked their doors, and a few hours later she was told to join other members of Congress in a secure location.

Plaskett briefly went down to the room, but quickly realized several Republican lawmakers weren’t wearing masks to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“I became concerned that, you know, maybe I could fight off or run from rioters, but I wouldn’t be able to see the virus as it was coming toward me,” she told Buzzfeed. “I decided that I’d rather go through the tunnels and get back to my office and lock the door again.”

Plaskett, a Democrat, isn’t the only representative to raise concerns over Republicans in the House not wearing masks …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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