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[WATCH] ‘Auntie’ Maxine Waters Shuts Down ‘Gym Jordan’ During COVID Hearings

[WATCH] ‘Auntie’ Maxine Waters Shuts Down ‘Gym Jordan’ During COVID Hearings

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.”

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 19: U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) questions Ambassador Kurt Volker, former special envoy to Ukraine, and Tim Morrison, a former official at the National Security Council, as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill November 19, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the third day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin – Pool/Getty Images)
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“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.

“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.

Waters then jumped in, asking Jordan if he would yield his time to her, which he refused to do.

“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.

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