Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) came under calls to resign from outraged Dems this Sunday after he made a joke about Nancy Pelosi and what he would do if the GOP regained the House in the upcoming 2022 midterms.
At dinner on Saturday night, the Tennessee GOP delegation gave an oversized gavel with the words “Fire Pelosi” printed on it to McCarthy.
During his talk, McCarthy reportedly stated it would be hard not to hit Pelosi with the gavel if Republicans regain the House, which would lead to McCarthy, as leader of the GOP in the chamber, speaker of the House.
“It will be difficult not to hit her with it but I will bang it down,” McCarthy stated.
Democrats freaked out about these remarks, many of these lawmakers demanded that he resign. Much of the outrage connected McCarthy’s joke to the Capitol protest on Jan. 6.
Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said, “America has gone through enough violence. @GOPLeader McCarthy is now a possible assailant of @SpeakerPelosi. He must resign.”
Congressman Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said, “Dear @GOPLeader McCarthy: Do you not believe we have had enough political violence? You should not be encouraging or joking about violence to anyone, including the Speaker of the House. You must apologize for your comment, or resign.”
Pelosi has not replied to McCarthy’s statement. Her spokesman, however, has. Drew Hammill, publishing on his personal Twitter account, said that McCarthy’s joke was “disgusting and irresponsible.”
“A violent threat to someone who was a target of a Jan. 6th assassination attempt from your fellow Trump supporters is disgusting and irresponsible,” Hammill said.
— Drew Hammill (@Drew_Hammill) August 1, 2021
Tensions between McCarthy and Pelosi have been increasing in recent weeks.
Last month, Pelosi refused two of McCarthy’s selections for her Jan. 6 panel investigating the protests and riot. McCarthy replied by removing all GOP lawmakers from the committee that he had chosen; the only two GOP members on the committee, Congress-members Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), were chosen by Pelosi.
Author: Blake Ambrose