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Agitator Maxine Waters Defends Locker Room Language, Says Fauci ‘Was Being Bullied’


California congresswoman and political agitator Maxine Waters defended her foul language during a hearing last week, arguing that Dr. Fauci was “being bullied” by Rep. Jim Jordan. 

If you aren’t familiar with the story, here’s a brief recap. 

As reported by Human Events News, during a House Oversight coronavirus subcommittee hearing last Thursday, Waters told Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to “shut [his] mouth.” 

Rep. Jordan and Dr. Fauci sparred over public health precautions and things got pretty heated, with both men impassionately raising their voices. 

“As more and more people get vaccinated, and we get over 3 million people a day, you’re going to see the level of infection come down and down and gradually there will be more flexibility for doing the things that you’re talking about,” Fauci said. 

Rep. Jordan, clearly irritated, posed a very important question. 

“Where does it get to? When it comes down, what number do we get our liberties back?,” he asked. “Tell me the number.” 

Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Clyburn (D-SC) responded: “When 90 percent of the members of Congress get vaccinated.” 

“You’re not a doctor, Mr. Clyburn,” Jordan said. “He is. What is the number?” 

When question time was over, Clyburn turned the spotlight over to Waters, but Jordan did not let up. “I’d like my questions answered,” he said. 

“Time expired, sir,” Waters snapped at him. “You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.” 

In an MSNBC interview, Waters said that for her, the hearing served Fauci a chance to provide Congress with the latest updates and information on the pandemic. 

“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 said. 

“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,” she continued. 

“I simply tried to, you know, intervene in the way that – to tell him what needed to be said,” she said. “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.”