Nancy Pelosi calls Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing face masks mandate

Nancy Pelosi calls Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing face masks mandate
Nancy Pelosi calls Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing face masks mandate

Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing new guidelines requiring fully-vaccinated people in certain areas to wear face masks.

Pelosi was defending new face mask requirements in the House - where fully-vaccinated people will be required to wear masks in accordance with new CDC guidance - when she was asked about comments from McCarthy. 

Getting into her SUV, Pelosi was heard muttering of him: 'He's such a moron.'

McCarthy claimed the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face masks were not 'based on science' but from 'liberal government officials.'

'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 wrote on Twitter Tuesday.

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That is when she fired off her insult, the latest strike between the two leaders, who have seen new levels of bipartisan bickering. 

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing new face mask guidelines

Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy a 'moron' for opposing new face mask guidelines

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face masks were not 'based on science' but from 'liberal government officials'

House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy said the new guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on face masks were not 'based on science' but from 'liberal government officials'

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged fully vaccinated individuals 'wear a mask in public indoor settings if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.' 

It said that 63.4 percent of counties now had levels high enough to warrant indoor masking. 

Washington D.C. is rated as one of those areas, where the rate is 52 cases per 100,000. The CDC said Americans should resume wearing masks in areas where there are more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents over the previous seven days.

Relations between Pelosi and McCarthy have reached a new level of nastiness after she nixed two of his picks for the House committee investigating the January 6th MAGA riot at the Capitol.

Both leaders were at an event in the White House Rose Garden on Monday to mark the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act - they didn't acknowledge one another during the ceremony, where they sat on opposite sides of the aisle. 

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After Pelosi vetoed Republican Reps. Jim Banks and Jim Jordan - both staunch Trump allies who voted against certifying the election results for Joe Biden - from participating on the panel, McCarthy pulled his three other picks for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.

The speaker said she removed the two Republicans based on the 'integrity' of the investigation.  As speaker, Pelosi has final say on who sits on the panel. 

She also struck back, adding GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger to the committee to join her previous Republican pick, Liz Cheney.

For his part, McCarthy has called Pelosi a 'lame duck speaker' - an insult to her power and his way of declaring he will occupy the office next. Pelosi would be a lame duck only if Republicans win control of the House in the November 2022 election.

McCarthy also called Kinzinger and Cheney 'Pelosi Republicans' and indicated he's considering retaliation against them for serving on the House panel at Pelosi's invitation. 

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