Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) lost her temper Thursday as Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) pressed her beloved Dr. Anthony Fauci on when Americans can expect coronavirus restrictions to end — and it was all caught on tape.
According to Fox News, Jordan had gone past his allotted time at a House subcommittee hearing in an attempt to get a timeline from Fauci, who was characteristically slippery and even testy at moments. The infectious disease expert said that the current infection level is “unacceptably high” but would not get more specific.
Eventually, Waters snapped at Jordan: “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”
Fauci, Jordan have at it
Jordan had noted that “15 days to slow the spread” had turned into a “year of lost liberty,” echoing the frustration shared by many Americans with Fauci and his advocacy of seemingly endless, and often arbitrary, restrictions amid COVID-19. “When is the time?” the congressman asked. “When do Americans get their freedom back?”
“When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high threat,” Fauci said, wearing a mask with beakers and flasks on it. (Get it? Science!) “That is when,” the doctor added.
At one point, Fauci said, “I don’t look at this as a liberty thing,” prompting Jordan to quip, “Well, that’s obvious.”
“You’re ranting again,” Fauci said at another moment, according to Fox. “No, I’m not ranting,” Jordan said. “Yes, you are,” Fauci said.
Waters swoons: “Fauci, I love you”
Fauci at times seemed to crouch behind bureaucratic authority, accusing Jordan of “making this a personal thing” when, Fauci claimed, he was simply following Centers for Disease Control guidelines. But Fauci is seen by an authority by countless Americans, and he has not hesitated to weigh in on all manner of topics with shifting and contradictory advice, as Jordan noted.
“You’ve given us your advice on baseball, on dating apps, on cruise ships,” Jordan fumed. “You’ve told us zero masks, one masks, two masks, now back to one mask. I’m just asking you: When is it going to end?”
Last year, Jordan called Fauci out for failing to condemn massive anti-police protests even as he criticized other, smaller gatherings. The doctor’s continued grip on the nation recently prompted Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to dub him a “petty tyrant” who is engaging in “theater” by wearing a mask despite getting the vaccine shot.
But not everyone is so skeptical. Channeling the ingratiating deference shown to Fauci by the media for over a year now, Waters made her own fondness very clear. “Dr. Fauci, I love you,” she said, according to Fox.