Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., claimed Wednesday that 2-year-olds should have been “required” to wear masks throughout the coronavirus pandemic and insisted parents who opposed the notion were engaging in a form of “child abuse.”
Arguing in favor of vaccines, Nadler said from the House floor that “we have to vaccinate people to prevent diseases and pandemics” and that “people should [be] required to be vaccinated” in the event of a pandemic.
“It protects against transmission of the disease to the next person, and the health care worker certainly ought to be required to be vaccinated,” Nadler said.
“When we have a pandemic, like [the] COVID-19 pandemic that we had, 2-year-olds should have been required to wear masks. It would be child abuse for parents not to do that because there was no vaccination available for 2-year-olds,” Nadler added.
Roy’s amendment expands the definition of “major rule” to include any rule likely to result in an increase in mandatory vaccinations, meaning Congress would have to vote to approve any rule that’s promulgated by the executive branch to push mandatory vaccinations.
All but five Republican representatives — Lloyd Smucker of Pennsylvania, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Don Bacon of Nebraska, Zach Nunn of Iowa and Mike Lawler of New York — voted in favor of the amendment.
Texas GOP Rep. Chip Roy blasted Nadler’s statement that 2-year-olds should have been forced to be masked during the coronavirus pandemic. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
The 2024 presidential campaign for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also weighed in on Nadler’s comment that toddlers should have been forced to mask up during the pandemic, writing in a tweet that Democrats “have no regrets about harming kids in the name of COVID.”
“If given the chance … they’ll do it again,” the DeSantis campaign added.