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’s audio of @GOPLeader’s comment on @SpeakerPelosi: https://t.co/tSmcteVcdk https://t.co/yLC4lzGEVV— Vivian Jones (@Vivian Jones) 1627783194.0
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.
@RepSwalwell @GOPLeader @SpeakerPelosi Let me say this: if I had physically threatened a co-worker, I would have… https://t.co/ZctfzBVo54— Elaine Pantano (@Elaine Pantano) 1627857922.0
DOD defines terrorism as, "the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear… https://t.co/bmk8AvLNkc— Sarah Reese Jones (@Sarah Reese Jones) 1627913367.0
Kevin McCarthy threatened violence against the Speaker of the House over 24 hours ago and has yet to apologize. https://t.co/NL0IiRmblr— DCCC (@DCCC) 1627919100.0
This oversized gavel makes Kevin McCarthy look like the clown he is. He needs to resign. #ResignMcCarthy https://t.co/D0itkSxS5A— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1627901248.0
"McCarthy joking about hitting a woman is even more despicable given that he did not vote in March with his 29 fell… https://t.co/p59myXUCE0— DCCC (@DCCC) 1627911184.0
Michelle Wolf’s set was a 5-day story that the media characterized as the decline of civility and discourse with re… https://t.co/pxPSHs7FWI— Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC (@Matt Negrin, HOST OF HARDBALL AT 7PM ON MSNBC) 1627907874.0
The Capitol was violently attacked. Marauding men searched the halls looking for Nancy Pelosi. Ominously calling he… https://t.co/EDsfZiyvrC— Jo (@Jo) 1627908375.0
There is no apology for violence against women. Kevin McCarthy was NOT joking. His statement was a call for violenc… https://t.co/Pi2t6g3ayX— Dr. Jack Brown (@Dr. Jack Brown) 1627890313.0
O.M.G.! There is something psychotic about Kevin McCarthy. Is that why is wife isn't up on stage with him. https://t.co/ztsWGXFLxX— Liane (@Liane) 1627851892.0
- Matt Gaetz declares 'I am absolutely not resigning' as GOP leaders ... ›
- GOP leader Kevin McCarthy abruptly backtracks from his claim that ... ›
- 'Kevin McCarthy must resign': House minority leader slammed for ... ›
- Leaked audio of 'surreptitiously' recorded meeting prompts Arizona GOP official's resignation - Alternet.org ›