Rep. Maxine Waters gave fellow Rep. Jim Jordan a piece of her mind during a testy congressional hearing.
On Thursday, Jordan continually pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci — the director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden — about how he felt COVID-19 safety measures were infringing upon the American public’s “liberties.”
“Your right to go to church, your right to assemble, your right to petition your government, freedom of the press, freedom of speech [have] all been assaulted,” Jordan complained to the doctor about social distancing guidelines.
“You’re making this a personal thing, and it isn’t,” Fauci said in response to Jordan, who denied it.
“We’re not talking about liberties, we’re talking about a pandemic that has killed 560,000 Americans,” Fauci continued. “That’s what we’re talking about.”
After House Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Jim Clyburn recognized another lawmaker to move on, Jordan continued to speak.
That’s when Waters told him, “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth!”
"You need to respect the chair, and shut your mouth!" -- Maxine Waters to Jim Jordan pic.twitter.com/Zq216xX1Yi— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 15, 2021
After the clip went viral, an overwhelming number of social media users applauded “Auntie Maxine” for keeping order.
“One thing a black woman will do is NOT tolerate DISRESPECT, thank you,” one Instagram user wrote.
“She said it what she said, shut your mouth sir,” one commenter said.
“‘shut your mouth’ was a nice version of what she really wanted to say,” another added.
During his testimony, Fauci continued to stress the importance of getting vaccinated and how it could help lower COVID-19 infection rates.
“What you’re going to see, as more and more people get vaccinated and we get over 3 million people a day [vaccinated]... gradually there will be more flexibility for doing the things that you’re talking about,” he said.
Per the New York Times as of Friday, April 16, at 7:51 a.m. EST, more than 31,519,000 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 564,838 individuals have died.