Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) swore at a House staffer Friday after a GOP aide told him he did not have to wear a mask anymore according to federal guidelines.
The Hill’s Scott Wong reported the incident over Twitter:
Another verbal altercation just happened in the House:
MTG’s spokesman Nick Dyer told @RepSwalwell: “Biden says you can take off your mask”
Swalwell confronted Dyer, got in his face and according to Dyer, said: “You don’t tell me what to fucking do!”
— Scott Wong (@scottwongDC) May 14, 2021
Swalwell responded to Wong’s coverage, not disputing any part of the reported interaction and saying he should have been “more explicit.”
“I had a mask on as I stepped off the Floor. An aide with @mtgreenee yelled at me to take my mask off. 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,” Swalwell, who is vaccinated, said.
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