Illinois House Removes Republican Rep. For Refusing To Wear Face Mask

Illinois House Removes Republican Rep. For Refusing To Wear Face Mask May 20, 2020

Punish The Wicked: In a bipartisan vote the Illinois House removed Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey after the lawmaker refused to wear a face mask as required by new rules recently adopted by the House in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Chicago Tribune reports:

The Illinois House voted Wednesday to remove Republican state Rep. Darren Bailey from session at the Bank of Springfield center Wednesday afternoon after he refused to comply with a facial-covering requirement in newly-adopted House rules.

In a bipartisan vote, the Illinois House adopted rules on Wednesday that include a requirement for members, staff members and visitors to the special session to wear a face-covering over their nose and mouth, if they are medically able to do so.

WAND 17 reports:

The Illinois General Assembly returned to Springfield Wednesday to discuss legislation that has been delayed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But State Rep. Darren Bailey was removed after refusing to wear a face mask.

The House voted 81-27 to remove Bailey from the floor. Nine refused to vote.

Speaking with the Chicago Sun Times prior to being removed, Rep. Bailey tried to explain his refusal to wear a mask by saying he doesn’t trust the health department:

If I was concerned about my health — and if I firmly believed what the governor said about staying home — I would stay home. 

Bailey added that not wearing a mask would be his way of making Democrats face facts:

These Chicago legislators are making more of a deal of wearing a mask in Springfield than they are about, you know, getting this $7.2 billion deficit that we’re staring at with our budget.

However despite the tough talk, Bailey was removed by a bipartisan vote. Commenting on the story, Governor J.B. Pritzker said:

The representative has shown a callous disregard for life, callous disregard for people’s health. You just let a doctor tell you why people wear masks in the first place. It’s to protect others. So clearly, the representative has no interest in protecting others.

The following is a sample of reactions to the story via Twitter:

Bottom line: In a bipartisan vote the Illinois House decided to remove Republican State Rep. Darren Bailey after the lawmaker refused to wear a face mask as required by new rules recently adopted by the House in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Illinois House Removes Republican Rep. For Refusing To Wear Face Mask (Image via Facebook)
Illinois House Removes Republican Rep. For Refusing To Wear Face Mask (Image via Facebook)

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