Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) wore a gas mask Wednesday as he voted on a bill that would dedicate billions of dollars to combating the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the United States.
Gaetz posted a photo of himself on Twitter wearing the mask while he was looking at a document.
Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote. pic.twitter.com/wjJ4YY4VZz
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 4, 2020
The Florida Republican defended the move to wear the headgear, telling TMZ that “members of Congress are human petri dishes.”
“We fly through the dirtiest airports, we touch everyone we meet, so if anyones gonna get coronavirus, its totally gonna be Congress,” he said in muffled tones to the news outlet. TMZ showed a video of him walking to a congressional office building while wearing a suit and the mask.
“We shake hands, we kiss babies, we touch everybodys cell phone when we take a little selfie with them so, we should be ready,” Gaetz remarked.
When he was asked about where he obtained the gas mask, Gaetz didnt elaborate.
“I gotta keep that confidential…Top secret. You dont wanna know what underground lair I pulled this from. Its not made in China though,” he told TMZ. He also said he does not expect President Donald Trump to follow suit and wear a mask.
Gaetzs home state of Florida declared a public health emergency earlier this week after several COVID-19 cases were confirmed.
“Northwest Floridians should take proactive steps to minimize susceptibility by avoiding contact with anyone who is sick, washing their hands regularly, not touching their Read More – Source