Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Wednesday called her Republican counterpart, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.), a “moron” for his opposition to wearing masks in the House.
Brian Monahan, the Capitol physician, instituted a new mask mandate for the lower chamber late Tuesday night in response to an alarming rise in infections from the highly infectious delta variant of the coronavirus.
The spike in cases also prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) earlier Tuesday to push new recommendations for masking indoors, even among those who’ve been vaccinated, in areas of the country where transmission is high.
Monahan’s decision was met with skepticism from McCarthy, who blasted the new mandate as a Pelosi-imposed political ploy.
“Make no mistake — The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state,” McCarthy tweeted Tuesday night.
Nancy Pelosi response just now: “He’s such a moron.” https://t.co/16sNa8ZzeD
— Sarah Boxer (@Sarah_Boxer) July 28, 2021
Pelosi fully backed Monahan’s decision, citing his scientific opinion.
“That’s the purview of the Capitol Physician … the mandate from him. I have nothing to say about that except we honor it,” Pelosi told reporters outside the Capitol.
Asked about McCarthy’s comments in opposition, Pelosi ripped into the GOP leader.
“He’s such a moron,” she said.
— Laurie Med (@lmedf1) July 28, 2021