Rep Massie vows to ‘show no papers’ when DC-Vax order begins
Republican Rep. Thomas Massie has vowed to boycott the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for Washington DC restaurants by refusing to “show papers” or order from restaurants that enforce the rules.
“The DC vaccine mandate goes into effect this weekend. My office will not comply,” said the congressman from Kentucky tweeted Thursday.
“We will not show any papers. We do not order takeout from restaurants that require paperwork for the meal. We’ll get our food from Virginia or we’ll take it to work. Shame has struck our nation’s capital.”
The order – which reflects similar mandates in place in cities like New York City, Boston and Los Angeles – comes amid the recent COVID-19 spike caused by the latest Omicron variant.
The mandate went into effect on Sunday and required everyone aged 12 and over to show proof of vaccination to enter any restaurant, bar, nightclub, sports arena or gym.
Previously, the country’s capital remained relatively relaxed with coronavirus mandates and restrictions, sticking to mask mandates for most places including schools, libraries, public transport, nursing homes and some local government agencies.
In November — before the Omicron variant began to spread — Mayor Muriel Bowser relaxed the city’s mask mandate, first introduced in July 2020. She had previously suspended the mandate for two months in the spring and summer of last year.
At that time, private companies were still allowed to require their employees to wear mouth and nose covers at work, but this was not required by law.
“I want to be very clear, this doesn’t mean that people should stop, that everyone has to stop wearing their masks, but it does mean that we are delaying the government response,” Bowser said in November, according to NBC Washington.
In recent months, Republicans have slammed a variety of vaccine-related mandates, including the Biden administration’s federal mandate for big business.
The order, struck down by the Supreme Court last week, required all private companies with more than 100 employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or tested weekly.
Massie previously faced backlash for comparing carrying vaccination records to Jewish people being tattooed with numbers in Naxi concentration camps during the Holocaust.
He tweeted a photo that read: “If you have to carry a card to access a restaurant, venue or event in your own country, then that’s no longer free country. The photo was accompanied by the image of the well-known and somber tattoo.
Massie later deleted the tweet.
Other Republicans in Congress have also been snubbed for such comparisons — namely Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who linked the two when she criticized mask mandates introduced in the Capitol.
“You know, we can go back to a time in history when people were told to wear a gold star and they were definitely treated like second-class citizens, so much so that they were put on trains and in Nazi gas chambers were brought to Germany,” Greene told Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody at the time. “And that’s exactly the kind of abuse that Nancy Pelosi is talking about.”
A month later, the Conservative lawmaker apologized, saying there was “no comparison to the Holocaust.”