GOP Lawmaker, Removed from Ga. House Chamber for Refusing COVID Test, Compares Himself to ‘Original 33’ Black Lawmakers Who Were ‘Thrown Out Because of Their Skin Color’

Rep. David Clark

A Republican state lawmaker in Georgia who had to be removed from the House chamber for refusing to get a COVID-19 test on Tuesday compared his plight to that faced by the “Original 33,” the state’s first Black legislators who were expelled from the General Assembly in 1868 solely because they were Black.

Rep. David Clark (R-Buford) refused to exit the floor voluntarily when asked by House Speaker David Ralston (R-Fannin County) and was then escorted out of the chamber by a member of the Georgia State Patrol for deliberately violating House testing rules. The latest House guidelines call for members to be tested twice per week.

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