When news hit that the White House and Capitol would be bringing back mask mandates for visitors and staff, we knew this was coming. It was clear that the Biden Administration seeks to punish anyone they can who does not choose to get vaccinated. But now things have progressed past where many thought they would go: the Capitol Police are now arresting people for not wearing masks.
It might seem crazy, but that’s something that can be said for the Biden Administration in many areas. While many states are enacting laws banning mask requirements and protecting citizens from vaccine mandates, some — like California — have gone as far as to require vaccines for state employees and medical workers. Washington has not yet gone so far as to require vaccines, but masks are now mandatory at the White House and on Capitol grounds. And if you violate these mask mandates, you could find yourself behind bars. Fox News reports:
U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) were ordered to start arresting visitors and staff who refuse to wear a mask on the House side of the Capitol complex starting Thursday, according to a police memo issued by new USCP Chief Thomas Manger that was obtained by a member of Congress.
Police were also advised not to arrest members of Congress for failing to wear masks but to report the lawmakers’ noncompliance to the House sergent-at-arms, the memo says.
Rep. Kat Cammack, R-Fla., got a copy of the memo distributed at Thursday’s morning roll call from an unnamed police officer, she told Fox News. Police she’s spoken to are “very uncomfortable” with this new directive that Cammack describes as “tyrannical.”
“This is such an overstep of Speaker Pelosi’s authority to basically make our Capitol Police arrest staff members and report on members,” Cammack told Fox News Wednesday. “It’s absolutely unconscionable that this is where we’re at.”
Nancy Pelosi denies playing a role in this tyrannical order. “The Speaker of the House does not control the US Capitol Police,” Pelosi spokesperson Drew Hammill told Fox News. “We were unaware of the memo until it was reported in the press.” Rep. Steve Scalise posted a copy of the memo:
“To be clear: Pelosi is directing police to ARREST vaccinated people who aren’t wearing masks,” Scalise says. “This isn’t about science—it’s about power and control.”
It is about power. It is about control. And it must stop.