Democrat Vice President Kamala Harris has provoked a backlash by demanding that all senators and their guests must provide a negative COVID-19 test if they want to take part in a swearing-in ceremony and photo-op with the VP.
However, one Republican senator has told Harris to pound sand and says he won’t be attending.
“We look forward to welcoming your Senator on January 3, 2023, to the ceremonial reenactment for incoming and newly re-elected Senators in the Old Senate Chamber,” Grisella Martinez, Harris’ director of legislative affairs, wrote to Senate offices.
“As you are aware, White House COVID-19 protocols require that anyone over two years of age who will interact with the vice president take a medically-administered antigen test within 24 hours prior to interaction and receive a negative result.
“This policy applies regardless of vaccination status.”
Oklahoma Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has refused to provide a test and will not attend the photo op with his family.
Mullin said his family has things to do back in Oklahoma, like a wrestling tournament, and he didn’t want a false positive test to complicate things back in Oklahoma.
“I don’t really care about a picture with Kamala Harris,” Mullin added.
Mullin said, “we have too many career politicians that work up there on Capitol Hill.
“When you are a career politician you are always going to make political decisions, ‘what’s best for me.’”
Mullin, a business owner, explains that when you “come from a different background, you have a different outlook, a multiyear plan, a business approach.”
“If we take a business approach to this country, we will be better off.”
“When you’re a career politician, you’re going to always make political positions, what’s best for me?”
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