What do Nancy Pelosi and Louie Gohmert’s daughter have in common?
They both want him to wear a mask.
Mr Gohmert’s daughter Caroline Brooks, a singer who performs under the stage name BELLSAINT, tweeted a tempered rebuke from her father (and a less measured withdrawal from the president) shortly after the Texas congressman , unhappy with the masks, announced last week that he had been infected with the coronavirus.
“It has been a heart-wrenching battle because I love my father and I don’t want him to die,” Ms Brooks said on Twitter. “Please listen to the medical experts. It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his supporters to an early grave.
Mr. Gohmert has often refused to wear a mask on Capitol Hill. He says he has no symptoms and suspects he was infected, contrary to the available evidence on transmission, during one of the few times he chose to wear a mask.
Ms Pelosi, who instituted a mask warrant on the House floor in response to Mr Gohmert’s diagnosis, offered a similar assessment to the one Mr Gohmert’s daughter made.
“I am very sorry for him,” she told reporters last week. “But I’m also sorry to my members, who are worried because he’s showing up to meetings without a mask and doing something with him.”
Messages and calls to Mr Gohmert and his daughter were not immediately returned.
Reporting was contributed by Peter Baker, Luke Broadwater, Nick corasaniti, Reid J. Epstein, Nicolas Fandos, Manny fernandez, Katie Glueck, Kathleen Gray, Maggie Haberman, Zolan Kanno-Youngs,Annie Karni, Jonathan Martin, Jesse McKinley, Giovanni Russonello, Glenn Thrush, Neil Vigdor and Michael Wines.