Political journalist berates Navy Gold Star family killed in Kabul attack for not wearing masks on Capitol Hill
Politico co-congressional bureau chief Heather Caygle faces a backlash for berating the Gold Star family of one of the US servicemen killed in the Kabul terror attack last month for failing to wear of masks during a visit to the Capitol.
Caygle took to Twitter on Thursday and shared a photo featuring Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif, with a group of mostly maskless people in a nearly empty Statuary Hall.
“Requirement of masks in the house. Unauthorized visits. Yet we are there – group of 9, only 2 in masks,” Caygle slipped to the group.
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The reporter doubled down on her efforts even after learning that McClintock was leading a tour for the Marine Sergeant’s family. Nicole Gee, who was among 13 Americans who died in the suicide bombing at Kabul airport amid the chaotic military withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?” Caygle asked.
Caygle has been criticized for her pair of tweets by critics.
“Another example of why Americans hate the media so much, and rightly so,” wrote Julio Rosas, editor of Townhall.com.
“A reporter lashing out at a Gold Star family for being maskless in a WIDE EMPTY space is precisely why people despise the media. They are vultures,” Erielle Davidson of the Jewish Institute also tweeted for America’s national security.
“911, what’s your emergency?” “Please help us, a Gold Star family is going to visit the Capitol!” “Substack writer Jim Treacher mocked the Politico reporter.
“The family of a fallen Marine are visiting the Capitol and @heatherscope publicly shames them for not wearing a mask. It’s psychotic behavior,” said Tory commentator Matt Walsh.
Even some lawmakers blasted Caygle for the public reprimands.
“Look, a DC reporter opinion that no one has asked for. Attacking @RepMcClintock for spending time with Sgt. Gee’s family is pathetic. Drop this one,” said Rep. Virginia Foxx , DN.C., in Caygle.
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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., Called Caygle’s silence on an unmasked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Earlier this week, mingling with a crowd at a Build Back event Better on Climate.
“On Tuesday, @SpeakerPelosi was hugging and shaking the hands of more than a dozen people without a mask. Not a word was reported from this reporter who now smears a Gold Star family on a tour of the Capitol so far away. she had to zoom in, ”Banks wrote.
Caygle did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.