Kevin McCarthy called on to 'resign' after his 'joke' about hitting Nancy Pelosi raises concerns
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is once again under fire, this time for seemingly having "threatened" Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi with violence, as one top House Democrat, Rep. Eric Swalwell is charging. Many are calling for McCarthy's ouster as #ResignMcCarthy trends on social media.
But Congressman Swalwell is far from alone.
At a Saturday night GOP event McCarthy, who has made very clear to his caucus that he is planning on becoming Speaker of the House after next year's elections, was handed an oversized Speaker's gavel.
"I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. It will be hard not to hit her with it," McCarthy told supporters. Some reports claim he was "joking."
Here\u2019s audio of @GOPLeader\u2019s comment on @SpeakerPelosi: https://twitter.com/Vivian_E_Jones/status/1421627881256538114\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/yLC4lzGEVV— Vivian Jones (@Vivian Jones) 1627783194
But joking or not, many are furious, given that just six months ago Republicans – according to the Secret Service a majority of the 25,000 at Trump's Jan. 6 speech marched to the Capitol. Other reports put the number of Trump supporters who stormed the building at 9400. Some were literally hunting down the Democratic Speaker, who is second in line to the presidency.
Some believe McCarthy has been so extremely opposed to the January 6 Commission because he may have some liability for his actions.
Let me say this: if I had physically threatened a co-worker, I would have been fired. I would not have been given an opportunity to resign.— Elaine Pantano (@Elaine Pantano) 1627857922
DOD defines terrorism as, "the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological."\n\n#ResignMcCarthy— Sarah Reese Jones (@Sarah Reese Jones) 1627913367
Kevin McCarthy threatened violence against the Speaker of the House over 24 hours ago and has yet to apologize.https://twitter.com/hakeemjeffries/status/1421848900680491013\u00a0\u2026— DCCC (@DCCC) 1627919100
This oversized gavel makes Kevin McCarthy look like the clown he is. He needs to resign. #ResignMcCarthypic.twitter.com/D0itkSxS5A— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1627901248
"McCarthy joking about hitting a woman is even more despicable given that he did not vote in March with his 29 fellow House Republicans to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act designed to protect women from domestic violence."https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/01/opinions/kevin-mccarthy-pelosi-speaker-obeidallah/index.html\u00a0\u2026— DCCC (@DCCC) 1627911184
Michelle Wolf\u2019s set was a 5-day story that the media characterized as the decline of civility and discourse with repeated demands for her to apologize. I\u2019ll put $200 on instead of asking McCarthy to apologize they\u2019ll ask some variation of \u201cwhat don\u2019t you like about Nancy Pelosi\u201d— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC) 1627907874
The Capitol was violently attacked.\nMarauding men searched the halls looking for Nancy Pelosi.\nOminously calling her name.\nThey defiled her office.\nThey took her things.\nLeft a note calling her a bitch.\nMcCarthy knows this.\nHe wasn\u2019t \u201cjoking\u201d.\nHe was stoking.\nAnd he knows it too.— Jo (@Jo) 1627908375
Kevin McCarthy said "it will be hard not to hit" Nancy Pelosi with the gavel if he becomes Speaker of the House\n\nMcCarthy, who opposed the Violence Against Women Act, is openly suggesting he'd assault the Speaker of the House— Edward Hardy (@Edward Hardy) 1627908300
There is no apology for violence against women. Kevin McCarthy was NOT joking. His statement was a call for violence. It was full-on, in your face, Stochastic terrorism. Don't accept his apology \u2014 accept his resignation.\n\n#ResignMcCarthy— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown) 1627890313
O.M.G.! There is something psychotic about Kevin McCarthy. Is that why is wife isn't up on stage with him.https://twitter.com/kristin__wilson/status/1421904826493964292\u00a0\u2026— Liane (@Liane) 1627851892
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