Rep. Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersMaxine Waters cuts off Jim Jordan, Fauci sparring at hearing: ‘Shut your mouth’ Big bank CEOS to testify before Congress in May Maxine Waters: ‘Hard to believe’ officer meant to use Taser on Daunte Wright MORE (D-Calif.) said on Sunday that President BidenJoe BidenSuspect in FedEx shooting used two assault rifles he bought legally: police US, China say they are ‘committed’ to cooperating on climate change DC goes to the dogs — Major and Champ, that is MORE’s chief medical adviser, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe dangers of pausing the J&J vaccine Sunday shows preview: Russia, US exchange sanctions; tensions over policing rise; vaccination campaign continues CDC: Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose MORE, “was being bullied” by Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats debate timing and wisdom of reparations vote Scarborough slams Jordan for spreading ‘lies’ about Fauci: ‘It’s sheer idiocy’ Maxine Waters cuts off Jim Jordan, Fauci sparring at hearing: ‘Shut your mouth’ MORE (R-Ohio) during the heated House Oversight and Reform subcommittee hearing on Thursday at which Waters told Jordan to “shut your mouth.”
While appearing on MSNBC’s “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart,” Waters she saw the hearing as an opportunity for members of Congress to learn more about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic from Fauci.
“While he was there, and he has so much credibility, he was being bullied, and there was an attempt to basically shut him down by Congressman Jordan,” she added. “We only have limited time. We only have five minutes each, and he does not respect the chair. He does not respect the other members. He speaks over time.”
.@RepMaxineWaters on telling Rep. Jim Jordan: “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.” She also shares regarding attending a #DaunteWright protest last night in #Minneapolis. #SundayShow pic.twitter.com/bQpM3dlHJF
— The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart (@TheSundayShow) April 18, 2021
During the hearing, Jordan and Fauci both raised their voices as the Ohio representative accused Fauci of promoting policies that “trampled” on personal liberties. Fauci in turn maintained that his recommendations had to do with public health, not personal liberty.
When Jordan’s time expired, he continued to speak, leading to Waters saying to him, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.”
“I simply tried to, you know, intervene in the way that — to tell him what needed to be said,” Waters told Capehart. “I know that I’m different from a lot of politicians, and I do, you know, take the opportunity to say what I think needs to be said at a particular time, and that’s what I did.”
Fauci said on Sunday that comments and accusations like Jordan’s are “quite frustrating” while appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I don’t enjoy those kind of confrontations, but, I mean, it was very, very clear that he was talking about the liberties that were being restricted,” Fauci told host Dana BashDana BashArkansas governor says ‘divisive’ Trump attacks on GOP officials are ‘unhelpful’ Biden’s first presser wasn’t about him — not really Blinken suggests US won’t take punitive action on China over COVID-19 MORE. “This has nothing to do with liberty, Dana. We’re talking about the fact that 560,000 people in our country have died. We’re talking about [60,000] to 70,000 new infections per day. That’s the issue. This is a public health issue. It’s not a civil liberties issue.”