Did Pelosi Call McCarthy A Moron Over Mask Denial? Here’s What Her Chief Of Staff Says

A recent news report says that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) a “moron” because he opposed masks and claimed that science didn’t support their use to reduce the transmission of disease, including COVID-19. Pelosi’s office is neither confirming nor denying that she called her Republican colleague a moron, specifically, but did address the overarching issue, in a way that may leave a lot more Republicans (and mask-deniers and COVID-deniers in general) feeling insulted.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 22: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks at his weekly news conference at the Capitol building on July 22, 2021 in Washington, DC. Leader McCarthy spoke about the rise in inflation and its affects on his constituents and also the controversy over the make-up the January 6th select committee. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

NBC reporter Frank Thorp V shared a snippet of conversation on Twitter, specifically Pelosi’s response to a reporter who asked her about McCarthy’s argument that mask-wearing isn’t supported by science. According to his transcript, she affirmed that the House will respect what the Capitol physician recommends — then, called McCarthy a moron for his position.

The video follows, and it’s not super clear exactly what Pelosi, who is already getting into a vehicle, says in response to the last question.

Her Deputy Chief of Staff, Drew Hammill, says that he can’t confirm, either, what exactly Pelosi says on the recording, but don’t worry — he’s not backpedaling from the statement itself. In fact, he confirms that the House Speaker thinks mask denial is moronic.

McCarthy tweeted a statement Tuesday evening, declaring that bringing back masking in response to the Delta variant of COVID-19 is not based on science, but “conjured up” to control people with a “perpetual pandemic state.”

The conspiracy theory that masks don’t actually help prevent the spread of this and other viruses has been promoted by the far right, who bizarrely seem to think that convincing people to wear masks is for some reason on the agenda of authoritarianism.

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