Republican lawmaker gets kicked out of legislative session for refusing to wear a face mask
Illinois state lawmaker Darren Hailey was thrown out of a legislative session in the Illinois House of Representatives for refusing to wear a face mask last Wednesday.
The state Republican was warned first and his famous last words were "I will not, thank you," before being shown the door.
The House even voted on throwing him out and it passed 81-27 according to the Chicago Tribune. They had no choice but to enforce their newfound rules after voting that it should be a requirement among all their members.
Previously the state representative complained publicly that Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker was violating his constitutional rights by forcing him to stay home during a pandemic, no realizing that him potentially spreading a virus could impede on other people's rights.
Pritzker spoke up after the lawmaker was removed and he didn't have anything nice to say about the behavior.
“The representative has shown a callous disregard for life, callous disregard for people’s health. You just a doctor tell you why people wear masks in the first place. It’s to protect others. So clearly, the representative has not interest in protecting others.”
Even House Republican Leader Jim Durkin wasn't in the mood to entertain pro-Trump sentiments of ignoring basic health precautions. He urged that his fellow members follow the rules.
“We cannot ignore nor compromise the health and safety of every member of the General Assembly, their family members, every one of our staffers who works tirelessly for us.”