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Pelosi calls McCarthy “an idiot” for his criticism of the mask’s mandate

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“He’s an idiot,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said as he boarded the SUV outside the Capitol when asked about the House minority leader.

His insult came in response to McCarthy’s criticism in a tweet new mask mandates in which he said, “Let us not be deceived: the threat of returning the masks is not a science-based decision, but a decision evoked by liberal government officials who want to continue living in a state of perpetual pandemic.”

When asked to respond to Pelosi’s comments, McCarthy questioned the science behind the speaker’s decision.

“Well, if it’s so brilliant, I’d like to know where science changes in the Capitol, between the House and the Senate,” he said, referring to different rules on masks between the two chambers.

“I never think it’s productive when I talk to her,” McCarthy said when CNN asked her if she planned to talk to her.

Pelosi’s deputy chief of staff, Drew Hammill, quickly followed Pelosi’s initial comments in a tweet: “Unfortunately, we can’t verify this audio due to poor quality, but I can confirm that the president believes that a requirement for mask “it’s not a science-based decision, it’s nonsense.”

The Capitol assistant doctor on Tuesday sent a note with indications that legislators, staff and other vaccinated and unvaccinated visitors wear masks inside. The note was also specified the guide is mandatory next to the Capitol house.

“For all the office buildings in the house, the living room of the house and the meetings of the committee of the house, it is necessary to wear a face mask of filtering of medical quality and suitable when an individual is in an interior space and there there are other people, ”the note said. “To be clear, masks are required for meetings in an enclosed, controlled space of the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The far right openly revolts over the mask

Some Republicans, especially those on the far right and those aligned with former President Donald Trump, have begun criticizing Pelosi, blaming her for the mandate, and refuse to wear masks to the ground. His revolt against House rules is the latest example of politicizing coronavirus-related health officials ’recommendations.

Members who do not wear a mask are subject to a $ 500 fine, according to house rules. The House mandate on Tuesday follows the new recommendation from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that all Americans should mask indoors, regardless of vaccination status, in areas with Covid-19 transmission “high” or “substantial”.

On Wednesday, Republican Party Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado threw a mask at a flatmate when she was offered one while trying to walk on the floor without a mask, according to a testimony broadcast on CNN.

Representative Chip Roy of Texas, a Republican who has refused to reveal whether he has been vaccinated against Covid-19 for a CNN poll published last week, called the house mask rules “absurdly obvious.”

On Wednesday morning, Republican Party representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Andy Biggs of Arizona were also seen on the floor of the house without a mask.

Trump constantly undermined the masking guidelines throughout his presidency, and on Tuesday continued to ignite outrage over the use of masks in a statement saying “We will not mask our children” and “Don’t surrender to COVID.” go back! ”

Relation to rocks

Although Pelosi and McCarthy have never been close, their relationship has recently deteriorated completely amid the consequences of the House selection committee to investigate the January 6 Capitol attack.

When CNN asked Pelosi on Tuesday to weigh in on McCarthy saying he didn’t see the first select committee hearing on Tuesday, Pelosi responded, “As long as you mention his name, he won’t get any response from me. Don’t waste my time.”

This comes a week after a phone call between Pelosi and McCarthy, where the speaker informed him that he would reject two of his selections to the special committee of the House. Voices were raised, a source with knowledge of the matter said, and McCarthy protested, hinting that the decision could be pursued again.

“What you do is unprecedented,” McCarthy told Pelosi, according to a second source familiar with the call.

“The unprecedented nature of Jan. 6 demands this unprecedented decision,” said Pelosi, who suggested that the addition of GOP representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio to the committee would diminish the integrity of the probe.

This story has been updated with additional news Wednesday.

CNN’s Melanie Zanona and Manu Raju contributed to this report.

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