A Black congressman was removed from the House floor for wearing a hood and sunglasses to prove a point — but this white rep was allowed to wear a full gas mask without rebuke.
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In US news and current events today, Rep. Bobby Rush wore a hoodie in honor of Trayvon Martin but was kicked off the House floor due to an 1837 rule that bans hats. In 2020, Rep. Matt Gaetz wore a gas mask on the House floor as congress was voting on emergency funds to fight the coronavirus. Rep. Himes photo of Gaetz sitting on floor reading documents. People who don’t have the coronavirus shouldn’t wear masks, per the CDC. Wearing a mask incorrectly can cause water moisture to form, causing the mask to lose its effectiveness.
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