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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had quite a meltdown on Wednesday when she called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a “moron” for opposing new rules requiring mask-wearing in the House.
U.S. Capitol physician Brian Monahan instituted a new mask mandate for the lower chamber late Tuesday night in response to a spike in infections.
Monahan’s decision was hailed by Pelosi and met with skepticism from McCarthy, who blasted the new mandate as a 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.
When asked by reporters outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday about McCarthy’s comments, she called him a “moron.”
“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.
“He’s such a moron,” she added.
Pelosi then got in a vehicle and was driven away from a climate event she took part in outside the Capitol.
Speaker Pelosi responds to @GOPLeader Kevin McCarthy’s criticisms of the House mask mandate:
“He’s such a moron.”pic.twitter.com/F38v6yiN4c
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) July 28, 2021
Pelosi has been embroiled in controversy lately.
Georgia GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Monday that she and others are bringing forward a lawsuit against Pelosi.
“We’re announcing a federal lawsuit against @SpeakerPelosi, the Queen of the #HouseOfHypocrites. Proud to have @RepThomasMassie and @RepRalphNorman standing by my side. See you at 10:15 am,” she said.
See you at 10:15 am.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) July 27, 2021
It is not currently known what the lawsuit will be about, but Reps. Massie and Norman had tweeted about Pelosi on Tuesday morning.
“If Pelosi really wanted answers, she wouldn’t have blocked @RepJimBanks and @Jim_Jordan from the Jan 6th Select Committee. Instead, Pelosi’s partisan circus kicks off today. What a joke,” Norman said.
Instead, Pelosi’s partisan circus kicks off today. What a joke.
— Rep. Ralph Norman (@RepRalphNorman) July 27, 2021
And Massie responded to a story that highlighted an interview Pelosi had this weekend in which she said that she wants House members to go back to wearing masks.
“We will fight this. She wants masks nationwide, she wants them on all of our school kids this fall. She knows if she can make it happen for the TV cameras in the House chamber, she can make it happen anywhere. Not happening Pelosi!” he said.
We will fight this. She wants masks nationwide, she wants them on all of our school kids this fall. She knows if she can make it happen for the TV cameras in the House chamber, she can make it happen anywhere. Not happening Pelosi ! pic.twitter.com/05M58hbj2s
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) July 27, 2021
It comes on the same week that Rep. Jim Banks, who was denied being on the Jan. 6 commission by Pelosi, said that she was the person most responsible for the attacks that day at the Capitol.
Banks appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and said that it was Pelosi who was responsible for the “breakdown of security” on January 6 at the Capitol.
“Nancy Pelosi is not interested in an investigation. She’s only interested in a narrative,” he said.
“Once you go up to the top of the flagpole of who is in charge of the Capitol Police… Due to the rules of the United States Capitol, the power structure of the Capitol, Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, has more control and authority, and responsibility for the leadership of the Capitol Police than anyone else in the United States Capitol,” he said on Sunday.
“So, she doesn’t want us to ask these questions because, at the end of the day, she is ultimately responsible for the breakdown of security at the capitol that happened on January 6,” the representative said.