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.
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.
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
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.
Pelosi says McCarthy is “such a moron” when asked about his criticism of the reinstated mask mandate in the House. pic.twitter.com/4dlYlMrTlQ
— jay svoboda (@jaysvoboda) July 28, 2021
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.
Unfortunately, we can't verify this audio because of poor quality, but I can confirm that the Speaker believes that saying a mask requirement is "not a decision based on science" is moronic. https://t.co/vf30E4Ggic
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) July 28, 2021
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.”
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.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) July 28, 2021
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.