Positive for COVID-19, Bonnie Watson Coleman talks about Trump, the riot and rage

As rioters raged outside Capitol, NJ congresswoman feared being locked inside with colleagues who refused to wear masks

U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Mercer) has tested positive for COVID-19 after she was locked down in the Capitol during last week’s insurrection. Watson Coleman, in an interview with NJ Spotlight News, says at the time she was afraid to be in that room with a mass of people, many of whom were not wearing masks. Watson Coleman, 75, says she did not then know the extent of the violence both outside and inside the Capitol.

“They’re arrogant and ignorant and because they’re Trump sycophants and there’s no logical reason. Because even if they didn’t think they needed masks for their own safety, they could have done out of the goodness of their hearts for others and they didn’t,” Watson Coleman said in her interview with Michael Hill.

President Trump was clearly “aiding and abetting”  the attack on democracy, said Watson Coleman, New Jersey’s only Black female representative in Congress.

“You had a breach of the Capitol, an attempt to overthrow government, encouragement of the president of the United States of America, encouraging these people,” she said.