On Wednesday, Republican Pennsylvania State Representative Russ Diamond issued a statement about “hateful comments towards [the] unmasked community,” that is, people who refuse to wear masks during the worsening COVID-19 epidemic.
One line in his statement seems to mock a comment about anti-LGBTQ discrimination made on Tuesday by Pennsylvania Health Department Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine, a transgender woman.
In his statement, Diamond said that social media commenters directing “harassment,” “hate and intolerance” at him for repeatedly not wearing a mask in public are actually “hurting the thousands of unmasked Pennsylvanians who suffer directly from these current demonstrations of harassment.”
In late May, I reported that Diamond was one of the Pennsylvania state reps who hid the COVID+ status of a fellow GOP lawmaker, potentially exposing other members of the legislature and their staffers.
Statement on Hateful Comments Toward Unmasked Community pic.twitter.com/uqrqZ7Tt6X
— Russ Diamond (@russdiamond) July 29, 2020
Do you also have a Statement on the Burger King Manager
Who Was Rude When I Tried To Come in Barefoot?
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) July 29, 2020
This is straight from the text dr. Lavine read yesterday during the daily covid briefing to address the transphobia that’s been happening across the state since she’s been giving updates. It’s sick. He replaced “LGBTQ” and “trans” with “unmasked.” I watched her speech yesterday.
— Dr. Emmy Zje 💜🌺🦋 (@Emmy_Zje) July 30, 2020
— Russ Diamond (@russdiamond) July 9, 2020