A House subcommittee hearing got heated on Thursday when Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters (CA) snapped at GOP Rep. Jim Jordan (OH) for putting pressure on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a top adviser to the White House on the coronavirus pandemic.
According to Fox News, Waters lost her temper as Jordan tried to pry an answer out of Fauci as to when the U.S. might return to some semblance of normalcy in the wake of COVID-19. “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!” Waters exclaimed.
Jordan vs. Fauci
Jordan’s turn to question Fauci turned combative almost immediately as the congressman pressed the doctor for a specific metric at which Americans could start moving back toward their old, pre-pandemic ways of life.
“When do Americans get their freedom back?” Jordan asked, according to Fox.
Fauci replied dismissively: “When we get the level of infection in this country low enough that it is not a really high threat.”
Unsatisfied, Jordan pressed further: “What is low enough? Give me a number…what metrics, what measures, what has to happen before Americans get their freedoms?” But Fauci continued to demur, saying that restrictions could be lifted only when “the level of infection in this country low that it is no longer a threat.”
“That is when,” Fauci reiterated. Take a look:
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 15, 2021
“We’re going to handle this”
Of course, Jordan still wasn’t pleased with Fauci’s non-answers. “What outcome do we have to reach before Americans get their liberty and freedoms back?” he charged.
“I don’t look at this as a liberty thing, Congressman Jordan,” Fauci said at one point. According to the Washington Examiner, Jordan snapped back: “Well, that’s obvious.”
Eventually, Jordan’s time had expired and Subcommittee Chairman Jim Clyburn (D-SC) attempted to move on to the next member, but the Republican congressman kept at it. That’s when Waters unleashed her fury.
According to Fox, Clyburn didn’t seem too pleased with Waters’ outbursts, either, however. “Don’t worry about this,” Clyburn reportedly told his Democrat colleague. “We’re going to handle this, and I think Mr. Jordan knows me very well. And he knows full well that we’re going to handle this.”