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Pro-Life Congressman Who Tested Positive Decries 'Government Bureaucrats' Dictating His Medical Decisions

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One of President Donald Trump's most ardent supporters in the House of Representatives, Congressman Louie Gohmert (R-TX), tested positive for the virus last month after repeatedly following the President's lead in dismissing the threat of the virus.

Gohmert often resisted wearing a mask, refused to allow his staff to work remotely, and even gathered his staff in person to tell them of his diagnosis.

Since his positive test result, Gohmert continues to amplify the President's rhetoric, claiming it was likely wearing a mask that gave him the virus and that his doctor has prescribed him hydroxychloroquine.

Hydroxychloroquine is the anti-malarial drug that Trump insists is an effective treatment for the virus, despite mountains of studies and his own officials saying otherwise.

Gohmert gave another full-throated endorsement of the drug on Twitter.

Gohmert mused that "tech tyrants" on Twitter would censor his tweet, alluding to Twitter's recent flags on misleading or outright false videos endorsing hydroxychloroquine as a treatment.

But what some found most fascinating about Gohmert's recent tweet is his advocacy for courses of action "between my doctor and me—not by government bureaucrats."

This would appear to contradict Gohmert's long-held stance against reproductive rights, but reproductive rights advocates frequently assert that it is not the government's place to mandate that someone give birth.

Gohmert's argument for bodily and medical autonomy seemed to make a similar case.






Given Gohmert's unwavering support for Trump and the evidence against hydroxychloroquine's effectiveness as a treatment, some doubt the veracity of Gohmert's claims that he was actually prescribed it.



Gohmert is currently asymptomatic.