One common image making the rounds was a doctored C-SPAN screenshot that made one small tweak to the lawmaker’s name:
Earlier this week, Dr. Brian Monahan, Congress’ attending physician, ordered all lawmakers ― vaccinated and unvaccinated ― to wear face masks in office buildings, on the House floor and during hearings and meetings. Many Republicans protested against the request.
McCarthy complained that a new mask mandate in the House to prevent the spread of the coronavirus wasn’t about science. He claimed it was a “decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state.”
When reporters asked Pelosi about McCarthy’s remarks, she said: “He’s such a moron.”
As the nickname took off, #MoronMcCarthy began trending on Twitter:
When Speaker Pelosi called Kevin McCarthy a moron, she was being kind.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 28, 2021
Can we call him Kevin McMoron now?
— Leslieoo7 ☠️ 🇺🇲 (@Leslieoo7) July 28, 2021
— howardfineman (@howardfineman) July 28, 2021
— Betty Cracker 🐊 (@bettycrackerfl) July 28, 2021
"It didn't even pass purr review," says the minority leader, suggesting a new standard for the reliability of scientific research. https://t.co/3A6n3pVnTb
— Stephen West (@Stephen_A_West) July 28, 2021
Yes, it's true. Kevin McCarthy's a moron. #MoronMcCarthy
— David Weissman (@davidmweissman) July 28, 2021
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) July 28, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.