GOP Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio was ruthlessly mocked on social media after his attempt at asking a snide question on Twitter about wearing masks.
On Monday, the staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump tweeted:
"How many masks are we supposed to wear this week?"
How many masks are we supposed to wear this week?— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan)1618839962.0
The Ohio Republican was previously castigated for politicizing pandemic health measures by drilling Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation's leading infectious disease expert and Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden—about when Americans would get their "liberty and freedoms back."
Fauci emphasized he did not view this as a "liberty thing" but more as a "public health thing."
"This will end for sure when we get the level of infection very low. It is now at such a high level," he said.
Fauci added his recommendation was not a personal recommendation.
You can watch the full discussion here:
Dr. Anthony Fauci and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) raised their voices over each other during a tense discussion about wh… https://t.co/cCuKe547Zf— CBS News (@CBS News)1618525263.0
Reflecting on the heated exchange with Jordan, Fauci told CNN's Dana Bash:
"We're talking about the fact that 560,000 people in our country have died. We're talking about ... 70,000 new infections per day."
"That's the issue."
"This is a public health issue."
"It's not a civil liberties issue."
After Jordan's question about how many masks to wear, Twitter users were quick to remind him about the number of American lives lost and the purpose of the public safety measure.
@Jim_Jordan 567,000 American lives lost.— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Jeff Sites for Congress)1618841310.0
@Jim_Jordan If you're going to be indoors with strangers: one if it's an N-95 or has a filter in the filter pocket,… https://t.co/JKgCSCWBJI— I'm Q, believe me (@I'm Q, believe me)1618840131.0
@Jim_Jordan You could be part of the Solution, but instead you choose to be part of the problem. The "liberties/fr… https://t.co/CeQDAw43Mz— Enough is Enough (@Enough is Enough)1618850139.0
@Jim_Jordan Ohioans, when you're visiting your loved one's grave, remember jim jordan was laughing at them— Ned Pyle (@Ned Pyle)1618851231.0
@Jim_Jordan How about following the advice of scientists and physicians?— Russ Clark (@Russ Clark)1618840085.0
@Jim_Jordan There isn’t enough to keep your mouth quiet.— daz™ (@daz™)1618839997.0
@Jim_Jordan I’m sure the family members of your deceased constituents love to see you mocking a disease that’s kill… https://t.co/Q11EkXWRmZ— mswain wear a mask🇺🇸 (@mswain wear a mask🇺🇸)1618841321.0
Twitter did not hold back and continued laying into the Republican Congressman.
@Jim_Jordan Wear as many as it takes to cover your face and mouth. Particularly so we can't see or hear you anymore. Thanks, bye.— Cindy Kholodov (@Cindy Kholodov)1618840100.0
Shove a few in your mouth and we’ll all be better off https://t.co/FSt2CbyeRz— Warren Leight (@Warren Leight)1618882094.0
@Jim_Jordan For you, Jim, so many you can’t open your mouth all week long!— Michael Schwartz (@Michael Schwartz)1618869749.0
@Jim_Jordan However many it takes to save your life. Your turn.— Lumberjack Grad David (@Lumberjack Grad David)1618877381.0
@Jim_Jordan You're a JOKE https://t.co/vagC88YgD9— Brown Eyed Susan (@Brown Eyed Susan)1618843209.0
In the CNN interview, Dr. Fauci said the key to rolling back pandemic restrictions is to make vaccinations happen as quickly as possible.
However, Fauci mentioned one problematic obstacle.
"It's almost paradoxical that on the one hand [Republicans] want to be relieved of the restrictions but on the other hand they don't want to get vaccinated."
"It just almost doesn't make any sense."