The feud between Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy went into the night and spilled over to this morning with the two exchanging barbs over a new mask requirement in the House. McCarthy confirmed a report yesterday that a phone call between Pelosi and the GOP Minority Leader turned ugly with voices raised and both sides reading each other the riot act.
But Pelosi turned the dial up to 10 this morning when she made it personal and called McCarthy (Calif.), a “moron” for coming out against wearing masks in the House.
“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 said Tuesday night.
Pelosi fired back Wednesday morning saying: “That’s the purview of the Capitol Physician, the mandate’s from him. I have nothing to say about that except we honor it,” Pelosi said to reporters at the Capitol.
When asked about McCarthy’s comments Pelosi snapped and got personal.
“He’s such a moron,” she said.
The Hill reported, “Brian Monahan, the Capitol physician, instituted a new mask mandate for the lower chamber late Tuesday night in response to a spike in infections from the delta variant of the coronavirus.”
“The rise 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.”
A reporter asked Pelosi yesterday for her reaction to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he didn’t watch the Jan 6 hearing.
“Anytime you mention his name, you’re not getting an answer from me. Don’t waste my time,” Pelosi said.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 28, 2021
I asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about her reaction to Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy saying he didn’t watch today’s hearing.
“Anytime you mention his name, you're not getting an answer from me. Don't waste my time,” she told me.
— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) July 27, 2021
PELOSI on the backlash to mask mandates: "That's the purview of the Capitol physician…nothing to say except we honor it."
Q: @GOPLeader McCarthy says it's against the science.
PELOSI: "He's such a moron."
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) July 28, 2021