Rep. Eric Swalwell
(D-Calif.) yelled at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene
's spokesperson on Friday after the aide told him to remove his mask seconds after stepping off the House floor, where masks
Swalwell later confessed that he wished he had been "more explicit" when confronted by the underling mask "bully."
Swalwell stated on MSNBC
, "I've just frankly had enough with these marauding goons in the Marjorie Taylor Greene crowd." He added that the best way to deal
with "terrorizing" from Greene's office is to "tell the bullies to back off," noting that he used a "few choice words."
Greene's spokesperson, Nick Dyer, told The Hill's reporter, "You don't tell me what to fucking do."
In a tweet, Swalwell stated, "No one should be bullied for wearing a mask. So I told the bully what I thought of his order. Predictably, he went speechless. I regret I wasn't more explicit."
As I stepped off the Floor, an aide with @mtgreenee yelled at me to remove my mask. No one should be bullied for wearing a mask, so I told the bully what I thought of his order. Predictably, he went speechless. I regret not being more explicit. https://t.co/o8j0DXWOBm — Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) May 14, 2021
Greene's unhinged, ranting pursuit of colleague Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY) down a corridor on Wednesday as the Georgian accused the New York City
lawmaker of supporting "terrorists" appears to have taken the gloves off at the U.S. Capitol
. Ocasio-Cortez said Friday that Greene is seriously "unwell" and "needs some help" from a "proper professional."
Dyer struck a chord with Swalwell after the aide brazenly violated House Commodity 101: Staffers must be respectful of elected officials.
The mask issue was obviously a flashpoint as well.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
has stated that the fully vaccinated can go maskless even indoors in many situations, while the unvaccinated should continue to take precautions against contracting the coronavirus
. However, because the House is riddled with anti-vaxxers (such as Greene and her staff), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) is still requiring masks on the floor.
, critics mocked Dyer, Greene, and other Republicans
for making a big deal out of the freedom not to wear a mask while insisting that no one should have the freedom to wear a mask, which is safer for everyone.
But I thought anti-maskers were all about personal freedom and "my body
, my choice"? Why would one of them ever comment on another person's mask choice?— Jay E Crawford (@JayECrawford) May 14, 2021
The blatant disrespect shown by a junior Congressman's staffer to a senior Congressman is what stands out to me, and I admire Rep. Swalwell's restraint.— ToutdeSuiteLaSinner (@ToutSuiteSinner) May 14, 2021
Because of the number of unvaccinated Representatives, the House of Representatives
maintains its indoor mask wearing policy. — Tom (@TomBalawejder) May 14, 2021
Note: Nancy Pelosi has not lifted the House floor mask mandate
.— Rocky Mountain Views (@RockyMountainViews) May 14, 2021
If staff harasses fellow legislators, they should be barred from the floor. It's bad enough that reps have to put up with some of their colleagues' s**t; they shouldn't have to put up with disrespect from their staff.— Cimarron Kid (@cimarron_kid) May 14, 2021
Enough with the mask nonsense. It's amazing that the trumpublicans are so enraged by masks- almost as if they have issues with emotional management and logical thinking. We're supposed to be fine with them carrying guns- but they are freaked out by a mask- how odd? — Seeking Justice (@combienDUtemps) May 14, 2021
I worked on Capitol Hill for a dozen years, and there is a significant difference between members of Congress and congressional staff. Even the most senior staffers are expected to treat the most junior members with respect; it's just how things are done.— Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) May 14, 2021
will continue to wear masks for a variety of reasons, including the desire to protect a family member (either immune compromised or a child) who may be unable to be vaccinated. Why should it be anyone else's business
if they do?—Christina M. Brooks (@runewarrior) May 14, 2021
If I can't avoid Republicans entirely, I'm going to wear a mask around them for the rest of my life. — Steve Weiss (@weiss_steve) May 14, 2021