Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) lashed out at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing on Thursday after he pressed Dr. Anthony Fauci on how many people will need to be vaccinated so the country can "get back to having our liberty." Waters told her Congressional colleague to "respect the chair" and "shut your mouth."
REP. JORDAN: Well, I want to know if that's what Dr. Fauci--is it 90 percent Dr. Fauci? Is it 90 percent? That--that is what I would like to know. Give me some--give us some objective standards versus when certain things get reached we might be able to get back to having our liberty. When? What are the numbers?
FAUCI: You are going to see a gradual--from right now we are at an unacceptably high level. We are at--on a daily basis it's unacceptably high regardless of who you are. What you are going to see as more and more people get vaccinated and we get over 3 million people a day you are going to see a level of infection come down and down and gradually there will be more flexibility for doing the things that you are talking about.
JORDAN: Where does it get to? When it comes down--what number do we get our liberties back? Tell me the number. Give me the number.
REP. CLYBURN: When 90 percent of the members of Congress get vaccinated.
JORDAN: But you are not a doctor, Mr. Clyburn. He is. What is the number?
FAUCI: I can't give you--
REP. MALONEY: Thank you for recognizing me Mr. Clyburn. Thank you.
CLYBURN: The Chair now recognizes for five minutes--
JORDAN: I would like my question answered--
CLYBURN: --Ms. Maloney.
JORDAN: I don't--I want--
MALONEY: Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time.
REP. WATERS: Regular order. Regular order.
CLYBURN: Just a moment.
JORDAN: Mr.--Mr. Chairman? Mr. Chairman I don't want you to answer. The American people want Dr. Fauci to answer the question. What does it have to be?
MALONEY: Time expired, sir.
WATERS: You need to respect the chair and shut your mouth.
CLYBURN: Don't worry about this. We--we are going to handle this and I think Mr. Jordan knows me very well and he knows full well that we are going to handle this. Your time has expired and the chair now recognizes--
JORDAN: Thank you, Mr. Chairman.