Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has been publicly called out by his daughter for ignoring medical expertise and refusing to wear a face mask before he tested positive for the coronavirus last week, according to multiple media outlets.
â€œWearing a mask is a non-partisan issue. The advice of medical experts shouldnâ€™t be politicized,â€ wrote Caroline Gohmert, a singer who performs as BELLSAINT, in posts shared on social media Friday that were verified to CNN by her agent.
â€œMy father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID,â€ the musician continued. â€œThis has been a heartbreaking battle bc I love my dad and donâ€™t want him to die.â€
She concluded with a plea and a dig at President Donald Trump, who has faced widespread criticism for his administrationâ€™s catastrophic handling of the public health crisis thatâ€™s killed more than 150,000 people in the U.S.
â€œPlease please listen to medical experts,â€ Caroline Gohmert wrote. â€œItâ€™s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave.â€
Caroline Gohmert did not immediately return HuffPostâ€™s request for additional comment. Rep. Gohmertâ€™s office didnâ€™t respond to his daughterâ€™s remarks.
Rep. Gohmert in June said he wouldnâ€™t wear a face mask, despite medical expertsâ€™ advice that masks curb the spread of the coronavirus.Â HeÂ tested positive for the contagion on Wednesday, before he was to fly with Trump on Air Force One to take part in the presidentâ€™s tour of and address at the Double Eagle Energy oil rig in Midland, Texas.
In a video announcing his diagnosis, Gohmert said he was asymptomatic and would self-isolate for 10 days. He suggested a face mask actually may have caused his infection because of the way he adjusted it.
â€œI canâ€™t help wonder if that puts some germs in the mask,â€ he said. â€œNow that I apparently have it, I will be very, very careful to make sure that I donâ€™t give it to anybody else and weâ€™ll see how it goes.â€
He announced his positive test result to his congressional staff in person.
Gohmertâ€™s daughter changed her initial musical moniker of Caroline Brooks to BELLSAINT circa 2014, according to a Facebook post.
â€œThere is something about having a different name that gives you more freedom to say what you truly feel,â€Â she told LaPalme Magazine in 2017.Â â€œCaroline Brooks seemed too country, I wanted something along the branding I was envisioning.â€
According to the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call, her 2019 song â€œMuch Like My Fatherâ€ was, with its lyrics â€œeverybody loves you, but thereâ€™s poison in the water, you get away with everything, much like my father,â€ interpreted as a dig at his political beliefs.
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