A Republican congressman who was not wearing face masks at a Wisconsin mask-optional GOP convention in Wisconsin started coughing uncontrollably when he first addressed a crowd of people in Green Bay on Saturday.
Representative Glenn Grothman high-fiveed an announcer who praised his work attending numerous events, took to the stage, and choked on his words as soon as he spoke.
“Let’s talk about Donald John Trump,” Grothman said when he was suddenly overtaken by his cough, captured in video footage that went viral online.
“Okay … yeah … okay,” he said to the crowd, unbuttoning his tie and flushed. Grothman regained his composure shortly afterwards and did not comment on his cough.
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Republican Congressman Glenn Grothan, who was not wearing a face covering at a mask-optional GOP state convention in Wisconsin, started coughing uncontrollably when he first addressed a crowd of people in Green Bay on Saturday. Grothman high-five just before speaking
After entering the stage, Grothman began to choke on his words as he spoke
“Let’s talk about Donald John Trump,” said Grothman when he was suddenly overtaken by his cough, which was captured in video footage that went viral online
“Okay … yeah … okay,” Grothman said to the crowd, struggling to regain his composure
The Congressman unbuttoned his tie as his cough eased
Grothman got a red face (photo) after the coughing fit
The coughing fit was witnessed by fellow Republicans and others attending the Congress, which was scaled down due to COVID-19 security measures, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Despite efforts to protect those in attendance, wearing facials was optional.
Few people at the convention wore masks, as many were close together.
The coughing fit was observed by fellow Republicans and others attending Congress, which was scaled down due to COVID-19 security measures. Despite attempts to protect visitors (photo), wearing facials was optional
Grothman, a 65-year-old who is in the risk category for COVID-19, continued his speech after the unnerving coughing fit. He praised Trump’s achievements since being elected in 2016 and his record in police support.
“Donald Trump was on police after a government that spoke of the racist, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,” said Grothman, referring to President Barack Obama’s administration prior to Trump’s.
“We finally had a president who was on the police. And what was the result of standing with the police? Drops of murders. ‘
Known for his optimism about the virus, Grothman has been spotted during the pandemic at previous public events without a mask.
Photos he tweeted while attending the Fourth of July parades in Manitowoc, Green Lake, and Marquette show that he doesn’t wear a mask at any of the events.
Known for his optimism about the coronavirus, Grothman was noticed during the pandemic at previous public events without a mask. Photos he tweeted from Four of July parades in Manitowoc, Green Lake and Marquette show that he doesn’t wear a mask at any of the events
Grothman tweeted an image of himself at a farmers’ event in Wisconsin Saturday, again without a mask and standing with an elderly man and woman who were also unprotected
The video, which was shared nearly 4 million times after it was posted by Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Patrick Marlley, drew countless responses from people who watched it online.
Democratic congressman Mark Pocan, also from Wisconsin, responded to the tweet by writing “Just wow.”
Chris Larson, a Milwaukee senator, has criticized Grothman and supporters of President Donald Trump, who opposed wearing masks until he emerged publicly during a visit to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Saturday.
The video, which was shared nearly 4 million times after it was posted by Milwaukee Sentinel reporter Patrick Marlley, drew countless responses from people who watched it online. Democratic congressman Mark Pocan responded to the tweet by writing, “Just wow.”
To date, there have been more than 39,000 cases of the coronavirus in Wisconsin, blamed for 829 deaths.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services reported more than 900 new cases of the virus on Saturday, marking the third consecutive day of record increases as states across the country see new spikes in COVID-19.
In the United States, there have been more than 3.2 million cases and nearly 135,000 deaths.
Among the states most severely affected was Florida, which set a record for new infections after reporting 15,300 cases of coronavirus on Sunday – the highest one-day total for any state.
Meanwhile, three Arizona teachers who were in the same class each contracted the virus before one of them died. Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd, 61, who worked in the Hayden Winkelman School District for 38 years, died on June 26, according to CNN.
She was hospitalized just under two weeks before her death. Arizona health officials have reported more than 119,000 cases of the virus with at least 2,151 deaths.
Kimberley Chavez Lopez Byrd (photo with husband Jesse), 61, who worked in the Hayden Winkelman School District for 38 years, died on June 26
Two other teachers, Jena Martinez and Angela Skillings, were also diagnosed with the virus last month. They both shared a summer class with Byrd, saying they are still struggling with the effects of COVID-19.
All three teachers wore personal protective equipment, including masks and gloves. They also used hand sanitizer and social distance, but they still got sick.
Arizona is one of many states, including Florida, California and Texas, which have seen a significant increase in the number of cases in recent weeks.
Nearly 69,700 confirmed cases from the past seven days came from Florida, which now has a total of 269,811 cases and at least 4,346 deaths.
The U.S. as a whole registered another 61,000 confirmed cases in the past 24 hours.
Arizona health officials have reported more than 119,000 cases of the virus with at least 2,151 deaths. An Arizona resident will be tested for the virus on June 27
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