An in-person clash between Rep. Byron Donalds (R-Fla.) and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) escalated online Wednesday following the Florida Republican’s refusal to adhere to a reinstated mask mandate to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. House.
Huffman and Donalds got into a yelling match outside the House floor earlier, CNN reported. Huffman, who was wearing a mask, told Donalds that he was selfish for not wearing one.
Donalds reportedly yelled back, “Don’t be worried about me! Mind your business!”
Later, on Twitter, Huffman said he had to take a different elevator because an “unvaccinated, defiantly unmasked GOP colleague doesn’t give a sh*t about anyone but himself.”
Donalds tweeted five minutes later accusing Huffman of patronizing him for being a “free-thinking American.” He confirmed that he’d told him to mind his business.
Donalds is unvaccinated and therefore at a much higher risk of contracting, transmitting and becoming seriously ill from COVID-19.
“No, just for being selfish,” Huffman fired back.