AP’s Jonathan Lemire: Louie Gohmert Did Exactly What You’re Not Supposed to Do About Coronavirus

AP’s Jonathan Lemire: Louie Gohmert Did Exactly What You’re Not Supposed to Do About Coronavirus

Jonathan Lemire of the Associated Press explained on Thursday how Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert had made all the wrong decisions before his positive test for Coronavirus. Lemire told MSNBC’s Morning Joe how Gohmert’s behavior was exactly what you shouldn’t do if you want to avoid infection.

“The congressman only learned that he had a positive test because he was going on this trip with the President,” Lemire said.

“If you’re traveling with the President, if you’re gonna be in close quarters with the President, and he would have been on Air Force One with us yesterday, you need to be tested. So he came in the White House in the morning to be tested and that’s when they caught the positive diagnosis.”

“Because Congressman Gohmert had not been getting tested. He had not been wearing a mask as discussed and even yesterday when he informed some of his staff that he had the Coronavirus, he did so in person, not wearing a mask.”

“Which is exactly, of course, what you’re not supposed to do.”

“The White House staff, they were surprised, they were glad that it was caught, of course, but we should note a few things — and the President did call the congressman from Air Force One to check on him. But yesterday at this event the President was maskless, he had a fundraiser in Odessa, Texas.”

“The President did not wear a mask, only some of the senior staff did at the event. At the fundraiser where people were crowded into a hotel ballroom to talk to him, we passed them on the way in in line, they weren’t wearing masks.”

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche

Darragh Roche is Political Media Editor