GOP lawmakers accuse Rep. Nancy Pelosi of hypocrisy over mask policies
UPDATED 11:02 AM PT – Friday, May 21, 2021
GOP lawmakers are questioning congressional mask policies and arguing the rules don’t make sense.
While speaking to reporters on Thursday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has refused to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and in return, is holding her colleagues to a double standard.
McCarthy explained that he and his colleagues just want to abide by the science. He expressed confusion surrounding the way Pelosi has been reacting to the revised CDC guidelines because in the Senate you are not required to wear a mask. Yet in the House, Pelosi has said you must wear a mask.
This came shortly after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene was fined $500 along with two other GOP lawmakers for refusing to follow Pelosi’s mandate. Pelosi said the congressional mask policies are about scientific reason and authority, stating she doesn’t want the House Chamber to become a Petri dish.
Despite her remarks, the Democrat was seen walking through a large crowd without her mask on while attending a ceremony at the White House on Thursday. Critics of Pelosi pointed out the hypocrisy of such a move, saying the House Speaker can barely follow her own policies.