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Disgusting Politico Reporter Stalks Dead Marines Family in U.S. Capitol


Politico's co-congressional bureau chief berated a group of maskless Capitol tourists who turned out to be the family of fallen Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, who lost her life during President Joe Biden's failed Afghanistan withdrawal.

"Masks requirement in the House. Tours not allowed. Yet here we are - group of 9, only 2 in masks," Politico's Heather Caygle tweeted with a photo of the group in the wide-open Capitol on Thursday.

"Instead of immediately being a tattletale, maybe ask some questions first. If you did, you would learn that this is the family of fallen Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, getting a tour from their Congressman Tom McClintock," replied one Twitter user, Steven D. Smith, urging her to consider deleting the tweet.

Instead of admitting her insensitivity and removing the post, however, the bureau chief doubled down on her Karen-style mask shaming.

"How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?" she fired back.

Politico's congressional reporter Katherine Tully-McManus also jumped in to lament the fact that Capitol Police can't also be mask police when it comes to members of Congress and their escorted constituents - only then to later add the "clarification" that this was in fact Gee's family, but no apology.

Rep. Tom McClintock's office confirmed to The Federalist that the group in the photo is the congressman with Gee's family.

Gee, who was only 23 years old, had been assigned to aid in evacuation efforts in Kabul, specifically with civilian women and children as they fled the Taliban takeover. On Aug. 20, Gee posted on Instagram a photo of herself cradling an infant in her arms with the caption, "I love my job." She was killed just six days later when ISIS-K bombed the Kabul airport.

"How her last breath was taken doing what she loved-helping people-at HKIA in Afghanistan," fellow Marine and Gee's roommate Sgt. Mallory Harrison wrote in a Facebook post. "Then there was an explosion. And just like that, she's gone."

Families of the fallen service members have reported multiple instances of feeling deeply disrespected in the wake of the tragic deaths.