Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday after repeatedly declining to wear a mask on Capitol Hill, Politico reported.
The Texas Republican was seen without a mask as recently as Tuesday during Attorney General Bill Barr’s hearing in front of the House Judiciary Committee.
Gohmert was scheduled to travel to Texas later in the day with President Donald Trump, who until recently has also flouted health experts’ recommendations on wearing facial coverings.
In late June, Gohmert claimed that he didn’t need to wear a mask because he didn’t have COVID-19 (even though the purpose behind masks is to keep asymptomatic people from spreading the virus), but he pledged to wear one if he did get infected.
“If I get it, you’ll never see me without a mask,” the GOP lawmaker told CNN at the time.