Reacting to a viral clip of the exchange, Cruz said his Democratic counterpart was being “idiotic” and only wearing a face mask as he spoke to signal “fake virtue” as he railed against Republican senators in the upper chamber.

The GOP senator of Texas added that his colleague Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska (R)—who presided over the Senate floor yesterday evening—was far more than 6 feet away from Brown in adherence with social distancing guidelines.

Posting a clip of Brown’s complaint on social media, Cruz said: “This is idiotic. Sherrod Brown is being a complete ass. He wears a mask to speak—when nobody is remotely near him—as an ostentatious sign of fake virtue. Dan Sullivan was over 50 feet away, presiding. Last I checked 50 feet is more than 6 feet.”