‘Pelosi is drunk on power’: Ted Cruz calls House mask mandate ‘abusive and unprecedented’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) is calling out Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for being “drunk on power” in her role as House speaker.

“Nancy Pelosi is drunk on power,” Cruz wrote in a tweet Thursday, according to Fox News. “The mask orders she is mandating are abusive and unprecedented.”

Cruz’s tweet came after Pelosi opted to reimpose a mask mandate on members of Congress amid renewed concerns over COVID-19.

Another mask mandate

Pelosi has said that all members of the House as well as their staffers and visitors must wear masks while in the Capitol building, a move that came after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its coronavirus-related guidance to recommend that even vaccinated Americans mask up indoors in parts of the country where the disease is rapidly spreading.

Following that CDC update, Capitol Attending Physician Brian Monahan made his own recommendation — namely, that members of Congress be required to wear face masks. Pelosi quickly obliged.

Now, unless they are alone in their offices or speaking on the House floor, representatives either have to wear face masks or face a fine. Pelosi has also threatened non-compliant staff members and visitors with arrest, reports note.

“Drunk on power”

It’s a move that Cruz has been quick to criticize. According to Fox, he similarly admonished Pelosi in a speech on the Senate floor earlier Thursday.

“If you want to understand how power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely, look no further than the other chamber in the United States Capitol. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is drunk on power,” Cruz said, as Fox reported.

And he wasn’t the only one. Others to speak out against Pelosi’s renewed mandate include GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn (NC).

“You are not God”

“Madam Speaker, you are not God,” Cawthorn said in a speech he gave on the House floor, according to Fox. “Let me assure you, your will does not bow the knee of millions of my countrymen who refuse to heed your callous command.”

The North Carolina congressman went on: “To threaten arrest on others for their own personal medical decisions is nothing short of medical apartheid. And I will not let it stand.”

In addition to speaking out, a number of House Republicans later staged what Fox described as a “walkout” in protest of the mask order. They headed over to the Senate side of the Capitol, where masks are reportedly not required.

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