Rep. Matt Gaetz stood by his move to sport an enormous gas mask to protect himself from coronavirus — even during a House floor vote on funding for the public health emergency.
“Look, members of Congress are human petri dishes,” Gaetz (R-Fla.) told TMZ, “We fly through the dirtiest airports, we touch everyone we meet, so if anyone’s gonna get coronavirus, it’s totally gonna be Congress.”
Walking toward a congressional office building, the Florida Republican offered the outlet more examples of the risks politicians face because of their exposure to constituents.
“We shake hands, we kiss babies, we touch everybody’s cell phone when we take a little selfie with them so, we should be ready.”
The Trump ally shared a widely-circulated photo of himself on Twitter Wednesday donning the mask while reviewing the $8.3 billion spending bill to confront the outbreak.
“Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote,” the 37-year-old lawmaker tweeted.
When asked by TMZ where he got the gas mask from, Gaetz remained coy.
“I gotta keep that confidential…Top secret. You don’t wanna know what underground lair I pulled this from. It’s not made in China though,” he said.
The congressman said he doesn’t expect President Trump to follow his lead and get himself a matching gas mask, mostly “based on what it does to the hair.”
Just before entering the office building and finishing the impromptu interview, Gaetz decided against advising spring break travelers to cancel their planned trips to Florida.
“In my experience, the things that you consume on spring break will typically kill the coronavirus.”
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