Democratic Representative Joyce Beatty from Ohio–who is the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus–was told by Republican Congressman Hal Rogers of Kentucky to 'Kiss my a**' after she asked him to wear his mask as they were on their way to the Capitol for votes.
Beatty tweeted about Rogers' response to her request as they boarded a subway train that transports lawmakers to the Capitol.
“Today, while heading to the House floor for votes, I respectfully asked my colleague @RepHalRogers to put on a mask while boarding the train," wrote Beatty.
"He then poked my back, demanding I get on the train. When I asked him not to touch me, he responded, ‘kiss my a**.”
“This is the kind of disrespect we have been fighting for years, and indicative of the larger issue we have with GOP Members flaunting health and safety mandates designed to keep us and our staff safe."
People were mortified over the incident.
Beatty then demanded a public apology from Rogers.
Twitter suggested Beatty go even further and proceed with legal action.
On Tuesday, Rogers did in fact apologize to Beatty after Democratic House leadership reached out to Minority Leader McCarthy.
“This afternoon, I met with Congresswoman Beatty to personally apologize. My words were not acceptable and I expressed my regret to her, first and foremost."
Social media users were largely unconvinced.
Congressional lawmakers are required to wear masks in the House chamber, but the mandate has been ignored by a number of Republicans–including two far-right Georgia Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene and Andrew Clyde–who opted to pay hefty fines instead of abiding by the health measure.
According to The Hill, Taylor Greene and Clyde have been fined a combined estimate of $150,000 for defying the requirement meant to protect everyone inside the House chamber during the pandemic.
Last month, Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark–the fourth-ranking House Democrat from Massachusetts–pushed for lawmakers failing to comply with House rules to cast votes from "isolation boxes" in the House gallery to limit the potential spread of COVID-19.
In a letter to House Sergeant-at-Arms William Walker, Clark wrote:
"This callous disregard for House rules endangers the health of members of Congress and the professional staff whose physical presence is required to ensure continuity of government."
On Wednesday morning, Beatty discussed the incident with CNN's John Berman on "New Day" and said Rogers' initial apology on the House floor was insufficient because "he mumbled some words."
This prompted her to demand the public apology from him on Twitter.
Members of the Congressional Black Caucus gathered on the House steps and also demanded Rogers publicly apologize to Beatty for the "verbal assault."
Nevada Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford, the first vice-chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus said:
"It's despicable that someone could physically and verbally assault another member of this chamber."
"We are here in solidarity to call on that member to formally apologize to our Chair, and to understand the seriousness of his actions, and the lack of decorum that he exhibited today."
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries from New York agreed and expressed his vexation.
"He needs to apologize, man up, apologize immediately, before this escalates to a place he doesn't want this to go."
"Who does Hal Rogers think he is? How dare he put his hands on anyone, man, woman or child? How dare he assault Joyce Beatty? How dare he jab her aggressively in the back?"
"How dare he verbally attack her? How dare he say 'kiss my a**'? Who do you think you are?"
Beatty said she accepted Rogers' apology and was "moving on."