The co-founder of the Republican anti-Trump group The Lincoln Project called Congressman Louie Gohmert “America’s craziest and dumbest member of Congress” after confirming he tested positive for coronavirus .
Steve Schmidt co-founded the Republican Political Action Committee which aims to prevent the re-election of Donald Trump, alongside George Conway, the husband of Presidential Advisor Kellyanne Conway.
The 50-year-old worked on the political campaigns of former US President George W Bush, former Republican presidential candidate John McCain and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, before forming the group.
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Mr Gohmert tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday in a routine test before he was scheduled to travel to Texas with the president, amid a major spike in cases in his home state .
The 66-year-old, who publicly opposed masks and refused to wear masks while walking in Congress, recently said he would only wear one if tested positive for coronavirus, according to Newsweek.
Wednesday, speaking to NBC host Joy Reid The ReidOutMr. Schmidt said, “When I say he’s America’s dumbest, craziest congressman, I’m serious about it. ”
“And he’s not competing at a time when there aren’t a lot of other competitions. In the era of the madman, it’s true, it’s like Ali, Foreman and Frazier, the big heavyweights who are all fighting against each other, ”Schmidt said, referring to some of the biggest country boxers.
“So he’s got a lot of competition in that space, and he’s just a person who, when you think of Louie Gohmert, you think of the crazy people of America. ”
Throughout the pandemic, a number of people felt that wearing a face mask violated their individual freedoms and refused to comply with decrees that made them mandatory in many states.
Mr. Trump refused to wear a mask until July, and his initial stance was taken by some supporters of the president, who believe that by not wearing a mask they are showing their support for him.
After announcing that he had contracted coronavirus, Mr Gohmert posted a video statement on Twitter, in which he said: “Reports of my disappearance are very premature.
“I don’t have any of the symptoms listed as part of Covid-19, but apparently I have the Wuhan virus.”
Mr Trump, alongside other Republicans, has repeatedly called Covid-19 ‘kung flu’ or ‘Wuhan virus’, and both sentences have been criticized for blaming the pandemic on just one country and one group of people.
The congressman added that he had worn a face mask more in the past two weeks than in the four months since the pandemic hit the United States.
“I can’t help but wonder if, by keeping a mask on and holding it in place, if I could have put some of the virus on the mask and inhaled it. I don’t know, ”he added.
According to Johns Hopkins University, some 4.4 million people have now tested positive for the coonavirus in the United States and the death toll has reached 150,765.
The independent contacted Mr. Gohmert for comment.