Pelosi's office calls GOP leader McCarthy 'moronic' for objecting to House mask mandate

  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Wednesday the House will follow the Capitol physician's recommendation and bring back face coverings.
  • Pelosi's office called GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy "moronic" saying the new guidance, first issued by the CDC, is "not a decision based on science."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi slammed Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Wednesday criticizing new mask guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as the House of Representatives brings back face coverings amid concerns over the fast spreading variant.

Pelosi reportedly called McCarthy "such a moron" opposing the reintroduction of mask mandates. The House speaker's spokesperson, Drew Hammill, said he could not verify that she called the Republican minority leader the name due to poor audio quality.

Hammill did confirm, however, that Pelosi believes opposing mask requirements as contrary to science is "moronic."

McCarthy expressed his criticism the mandate late Tuesday, after the Capitol physician recommended that members of Congress resume wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

"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," McCarthy tweeted.

CNBC has reached out to McCarthy's office comment.

The CDC reversed its mask guidance on Tuesday, recommending that people in areas with high Covid transmission rates resume wearing masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.

This is a developing story. Check back updates.

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