House Republicans protested on Thursday after it was reported that Capitol cops were ordered to arrest staff and visitors who refuse to wear a mask.
Pelosi has reintroduced the mask mandate for the House this week due to the rise in cases from the Delta Covid variant.
Yet Republicans have hit back that she is a “tyrant” and “dictator” as they said they would not comply with the new face-covering order.
On Friday Georgia Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene, posted an “Impeach Biden” message to Twitter as she hit out at Pelosi’s mandate.
Greene was one of three Republican lawmakers who sued Pelosi earlier this week after being fined $500 for not wearing masks on the House floor.
‘Vacate the chair!” Green added in a separate tweet.
She branded it the “House of Hypocrites” after it was reported that two Pelosi staffers tested positive for Covid.
“Headed to the Senate floor with my colleagues to protest Nancy Pelosi’s tyrannical mask mandate,” Greene said as she posted a video of herself and other lawmakers walking without masks toward the Senate.
On Friday, Green posted another video of herself at a “checkpoint” in Capitol buildings.
It showed her explaining to two staffers wearing masks that if they passed through the checkpoint to the Senate side of the building they could take their masks off.
On Thursday night, her colleague Rep Nancy Mace told Fox News that Pelosi is “totally off the rails.”
“She has gone totally nuts on this thing. And I can think of no worse incentive than telling the American people that if you’re vaccinated, you must still wear a mask because do vaccinations work or do they not?” Mace told Judge Jeanine Pirro on Hannity.
“They’re certainly virtue signaling, and one of the things that I learned today, which is really scary, is that if you’re a citizen of the United States and you travel to Mexico and you want to come back home after vacation, our country, the United States of America, requires its citizens to test negative for COVID-19.
“So when the left and Nancy Pelosi and President Biden and Chuck Schumer talk about the Delta variant and spreading COVID, what do you think they’re doing along the border?” Mace slammed.
“They’re allowing in illegal immigrants who have COVID, they’re not being tested, they’re not getting vaccinated. And you sure as heck know that we’re not requiring them to wear masks when they cross the border.
“This is an agenda that is un-American.”
MASK MANDATE BACKLASH
On Friday, Rep Chip Roy also told Fox News that Pelosi’s mask mandate and questions about vaccination status are a “line drawn in the sand” for him and other Republicans.
“I’m not going to tell anybody whether I’ve been vaccinated or not because it’s none of their damn business,” he said.
“I’m standing with my staff and telling my staff to do what is in their best interests and I’ll back them up.
“If Nancy Pelosi wants to come after my staff she will have to come through me.”
After backlash on the order to arrest staffers and visitors to the House who refused to wear a mask, Capitol police told the New York Post that there was “no reason” to do so.
The memo on the order, tweeted by Rep Kat Cammack, had said: “If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to the House Office Buildings or House-side of the U.S. Capitol.
“Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry.”
Pelosi’s office has hit back, however, noting that she has no control over the Capitol police and the arrest order did not come from the Speaker.
“The speaker of the House does not control the U.S. Capitol Police,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill told Fox News.
“We were unaware of the memo until it was reported in the press.”
The arrest order only applies to the House side of the complex as the Senate has not reintroduced a mask mandate.
Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser has also ordered all residents, regardless of vaccination status, to wear a mask indoors in public spaces, from Saturday.
Cases in the city are rising as the Delta variant spreads.
Author : Frances Mulraney