Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has successfully twisted a public health concern into a conservative conspiracy theory — but not the one of the dozens of COVID-19 conspiracies one might expect.
During a Wednesday hearing with the country’s four biggest technology companies, Jordan used his questioning time to claim Google tried to help Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D-Penn.) was up next, and started her questioning by saying she would pivot from “fringe conspiracy theories” to anti-trust questions. Chaos predictably ensued.
“We have the email, there is no fringe—” Jordan interrupted before committee chair Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) cut him off. “Put your mask on,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) chimed in. Jordan then used Raskin’s request to pivot to a favorite conspiracy: “You want to talk about masks? Why would the deputy secretary of the treasury unmask Michael Flynn’s name?”
Jordan’s outburst came just hours after Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) tested positive for COVID-19 and then walked around the House office building knowing he had it. Jordan was also reminded, albeit more gently, to put on his mask during a Tuesday hearing with Attorney General William Barr. Gohmert was also at that hearing, and one of his aides — and other Republican staffers — have since anonymously complained about the lack of mask compliance among their congressmembers.
Ever since PM came out, Ive gotten a flood of emails from republican staffers who say they too are being forced to come to the hill without a mask now.
If you’re one of those people, email me or dm me.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) July 29, 2020
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