Perhaps really it’s because they can’t stand the sight of one another. Or maybe the smell of treason and hypocrisy puts them off their hunger. Or they’re concerned about their colleagues putting strychnine in their navy bean soup.
In a memo to his fellow members of the GOP, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, though, claims that he’s canceling the traditional in-person lunches for the Republican caucus, according to Politico.
Eight Republican Senators have tested positive for the coronavirus or for the virus’s antibodies. Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler tested positive before a subsequent test came back negative.
For months, Democrats have had their weekly caucus lunches over a conference call, while Republicans met in a dining room in the Hart Office Building. They claimed the maintained social distance during their lunches.
Republicans, however, have regularly flouted public health guidelines by not wearing masks or socially distancing. Some Republican Senators, like Kentucky’s Rand Paul, have also repeated unproven and false medical statements on the floor of the Senate and in committee hearings.