A Gold Star family visiting Washington this week to lay their daughter to rest was attacked by a Politico reporter online after the family members toured the Capitol, and most of them were photographed without wearing masks.
The outlet previously reported that Gee, who was 23-years-old at the time of her death, was honored late last month in a ceremony in California where she was remembered as being passionate about her service.
In an Instagram post just before her death, Gee posted a photo of herself holding a baby.
One of the last Instagram posts from fallen Marine Sgt. Nicole Gee in Kabul, who was killed in the suicide blast. She’s holding a rescued infant.
“I love my job”.
She was 23. RIP. pic.twitter.com/NUmR0KLp2n
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) August 28, 2021
“I love my job,” she captioned it.
Gee was taken this week to her final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. Her family, who had traveled to the Washington area from California, reportedly decided to visit the Capitol while they were in the area this week.
Today, Sergeant Nicole L. Gee was laid to rest during a full honors funeral service at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Rest easy, Sgt. We have the watch. pic.twitter.com/Ju8gvbzsdw
— 2nd Marine Logistics Group (@2ndMLG) September 29, 2021
Republican Rep. Tom McClintock, the representative for the family’s district, had publicly grieved with the family after Gee’s death.
He posted a photo of the fallen soldier on Twitter after she was killed.
23 year old Marine Sergeant Nicole Gee from Roseville is the definition of an American hero. A selfless Marine who put her country before herself was lost in the line of duty while helping evacuate Americans and our allies in Afghanistan. Remember her name. pic.twitter.com/7DOkeYbyCM
— Tom McClintock (@RepMcClintock) August 28, 2021
McClintock was reportedly the reason Gee’s family was at the Capitol on Wednesday, as he had offered them a tour. This seemed to anger Politico reporter Heather Caygle.
— Washington Journal (@cspanwj) February 26, 2018
In a since-deleted tweet, Caygle posted an image of the family touring the building.
“Masks requirement in the House,” she wrote to her 50,000 followers. “Tours not allowed… Yet here we are — group of 9, only 2 in masks.”
The tweet was taken down, but an archived version of it is still available online.
Former Republican Sen. Jim DeMint posted a screenshot of Caygle’s tweet and pointed out that after criticizing the grieving Gold Star family, it looked like the reporter gave an image of maskless reporters surrounding Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia her approval.
“Same reporter. Mocks family of fallen marine on small private Capitol tour without masks. 2 hours later celebrates photo of dozens of journalists on top of each other without masks. Vain media thinks of themselves as the true heroes,” DeMint commented.
Same reporter. Mocks family of fallen marine on small private Capitol tour without masks. 2 hours later celebrates photo of dozens of journalists on top of each other without masks. Vain media thinks of themselves as the true heroes. #JournalismIsDead pic.twitter.com/0MHSeCk4Sw
— Jim DeMint (@JimDeMint) September 30, 2021
DeMint used the tag “#JournalismIsDead.”
As of Saturday, Caygle’s Twitter account has either been deactivated or deleted. When attempting to view posts from her account, a message from Twitter reads: “This Tweet is from an account that no longer exists.”