Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed her face mask Thursday for the first time in months to speak at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill, where she blasted a Republican lawmaker for calling the January 6th riot a ‘normal tourist visit.’
The speaker, wearing red and white patterned mask, removed it when she reached the podium and put it back on at the end of her press conference, citing the change in rules regarding the coverings.
Lawmakers now are allowed to remove their face masks when speaking on the House floor but are asked to wear them at all other times.
‘When members are on the floor, they must always be wearing a mask, except when they were speaking,’ she said, noting the new House rule, adding that when it came to her press conferences, ‘we have understood from all of you that as long as I keep my distance from you, which I fully intend to do, I can abide by the House floor rule on this.’
Speaker Nancy Pelosi removed her face mask Thursday for the first time in months to speak at her weekly press conference on Capitol Hill
Speaker Pelosi cited new rules that allow masks to be removed when a lawmaker speaks on the House floor and joked to reporters she would keep her distance
Speaker Pelosi blasted a Republican lawmaker for calling the January 6th riot a ‘normal tourist visit,’ calling his remarks ‘appalling’
The speaker has been a stickler on wearing a face mask when required as some Republicans have complained about the rules. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz last month refused to put his face mask on to speak to reporters when they asked him to do so, saying ‘you’re welcome to step away.’
Additionally, President Joe Biden has been questioned about why he continues to wear a face mask, even as CDC rules said vaccinated people can wear them less, including outside. ‘I’m worried about you,’ Biden told a reporter last week when asked why he continued to mask up.
Meanwhile, Pelosi, in her remarks, blasted Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde of Georgia for describing the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol as a ‘normal tourist visit.’
Clyde, a first-term lawmaker, sought to down place the violence, which left five people dead, at a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Wednesday.
‘Watching the TV footage of those who entered the Capitol and walked through Statuary Hall showed people in an orderly fashion staying between the stanchions and ropes taking videos and pictures,’ he said.
‘You know, if you didn’t know the TV footage was a video from January the 6th, you would actually think it was a normal tourist visit,’ he added.
Republican Congressman Andrew Clyde of Georgia called the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol as a ‘normal tourist visit,’ pointing out they stayed between the rope lines
Pelosi called his remarks ‘appalling.’
She said she didn’t consider it ‘normal’ that people were killed, a gallows was put up and attackers wanted to hang Vice President Mike Pence.
‘It was beyond denial, it fell into the range of sick,’ she said.
Clyde’s account contradicts the events of the day, which were captured on television, still cameras and on smartphone videos from inside the Capitol.
In the footage, many rioters were wearing helmets and tactical gear. They were heard shouting for Pence, who Donald Trump had criticized for not helping him overturn the election results.
Several were seen in the footage carrying baseball bats and other weapons. The rioters left a trail of destruction in their wake, including broken windows, smashed desks and torn documents.
More than 440 people have been charged so far in connection to the riot.