Politico co-congressional bureau chief Heather Caygle is going through intense backlash for scolding the Gold Star family of one of the U.S. service members killed in the Kabul terrorist attack final month for not wearing masks throughout a tour in the Capitol Building. 

Caygle took to Twitter on Thursday and shared {a photograph} that includes Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif, with a largely maskless group of folks in a largely empty Statuary Hall. 

“Masks requirement in the House. Tours not allowed. Yet here we are — group of 9, only 2 in masks,” Caygle swiped the group. 


The journalist doubled down even after she was instructed McClintock was main a tour for the family of Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee, who was among the many 13 Americans who died from the suicide bombing on the Kabul airport amid the chaotic navy withdrawal from Afghanistan. 

“How does that exempt them from wearing a mask?” Caygle requested. 

Caygle was blasted for her pair of tweets by critics. 

“Another example of why Americans hate the media so much, and rightfully so,” Townhall.com senior author Julio Rosas wrote.

“A reporter picking on a Gold Star family for being maskless in a WIDE EMPTY space is precisely why people despise the media. They’re vultures,” Erielle Davidson of the Jewish Institute for National Security of America equally tweeted.

“‘911, what’s your emergency?’ ‘Please help, a Gold Star family is getting a tour of the Capitol!’” Substack author Jim Treacher mocked the Politico reporter.

“The family of a fallen Marine get a tour of the Capitol and @heatherscope publicly shames them for not wearing a mask. This is psychotic behavior,” conservative commentator Matt Walsh reacted.

Even some lawmakers blasted Caygle for the general public scolding. 

“Look, an opinion from a D.C. journalist that nobody asked for. Attacking @RepMcClintock for spending time with the family of Sgt. Gee is pathetic. Sit this one out,” Rep. Virginia Foxx, D-N.C., instructed Caygle. 

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., referred to as out Caygle’s silence over a maskless House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., earlier this week mingling with a crowd throughout a Build Back Better on Climate occasion. 

“On Tuesday, @SpeakerPelosi was hugging and shaking hands with over a dozen people without a mask. Not a word was reported from this journalist who is now smearing a Gold Star Family on a Capitol tour so far away she had to zoom in,” Banks wrote.

Caygle did not instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.