California Rep. Maxine Waters erupted at Rep. Jim Jordan (Q-Ohio) on Thursday while the Republican lawmaker was berating Dr. Anthony Fauci during a House subcommittee hearing on the COVID-19 pandemic. Jordan has frequently made headlines for his loaded, and often misleading, criticisms of Fauci, who is the US’s top infectious disease expert.
Waters intervened on Thursday as Jordan was in the middle of grilling Fauci, telling the Republican lawmaker to “respect the chair and shut your mouth.”
“I just want to know, when do Americans get their First Amendment liberties back?” Jordan asked Fauci after going on an extended rant about what he described as arbitrary and overreaching restrictions on daily life.
"You're making this a personal thing, and it isn't … my recommendations are not a personal recommendation. It is based on the CDC guidance … we're not talking about liberties. We're talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans" — Fauci to Jim Jordan pic.twitter.com/Q0TzaaGlAG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 15, 2021
“Your recommendations carry a lot of weight, Dr. Fauci. We just had the chair of the Financial Services Committee said she loves you and you’re the greatest thing in the world,” Jordan said, referring to Congresswoman Waters.
Maxine Waters just stuffed Jim Jordan into a locker… https://t.co/2oVOGrtrzJ
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) April 15, 2021
Waters then jumped in, asking Jordan if he would yield his time to her, which he refused to do.
Maxine Waters telling that grotty little freak to shut his mouth is A Mood.See Also
— Benjamin Dreyer (on hiatus) (@BCDreyer) April 15, 2021
“Can I answer the question, please?” Fauci said. “My recommendations are not a personal recommendation. It’s based on the CDC guidance, which is underscored —”
“And I’m asking the questions,” Jordan said as he cut Fauci off. “What measures have to be attained before Americans get their First Amendment liberties back?”
“I just told you that,” Fauci said, to which Jordan responded, “No, you haven’t given anything specific.”
Watch some more of the exchange, below.