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Three House Democrats that caught a flight out of Texas reportedly also caught COVID-19, announced on Saturday. The identities of the three Democrats have been kept anonymous, but the members were confirmed fully vaccinated.
In the midst of ongoing political theater intended to stop SB 1 — a GOP-backed voting bill — from being passed, 60 House Democrats broke quorum on Monday to oppose legislation that will tackle drive-thru voting and 24-hour voting sessions.
Late Friday evening, the first member received a positive COVID result and reported no symptoms prior to confirmation. The following two members were confirmed positive on Saturday, with only one of the House Democrats displaying symptoms.
According to the Fox News report, the three lawmakers are required to remain quarantined for 10 days.
Several photos of the journey were posted by House Democrats, boasting Braveheart-like courage as they fled Texas. The self-aggrandizing bunch sipped on beer aboard private transportation to retreat to Washington, D.C., without a mask in sight.
Upon release of the photos, critics lambasted the lawmakers for their lack of face coverings. Texas Democrats have been critics of Greg Abbott‘s lifting of the statewide mask mandate, leaving less to the imagination as to whether all of the political cheap tricks are a play for media coverage.
Vice President Kamala Harris provided high praise of the group by equating them to American abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Harris said the following:
“They took bold, courageous action in line with the legacy of everyone from Frederick Douglass, who is over my right shoulder, when he fought for the right of black men to vote in America, to the legacy that includes all those women who marched down Pennsylvania Avenue for women’s right to vote to all of those folks who shed their blood on the Edmund Pettus Bridge to make sure that we would in 1965 pass the Voting Rights Act.”