Was it something he said?
Fox News reports that Democrats are demanding House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) resign after he made an off-color joke about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with a large gavel at a fundraising dinner.
McCarthy said he was “obviously joking,” according to NBC News, but not everyone feels that way, apparently.
McCarthy draws Dems’ ire
According to BizPacReview, McCarthy was handed a large gavel with the phrase “Fire Pelosi” on it at the Nashville fundraiser. Seeking to project confidence about taking back the House next year, he invited the crowd to come to Washington when he becomes speaker to witness Pelosi hand him the speaker’s gavel.
“It will be hard not to hit her with it, but I will bang it down,” he quipped.
The response his comments ignited is almost amusing, given his ordinarily meek and deferential position toward Pelosi. Democrats immediately smacked him down for talking out of turn.
Top Pelosi staffer Drew Hammill accused McCarthy of emboldening someone to hurt the 81-year old speaker after she was the target of an “assassination attempt” on Jan. 6 by Trump supporters, whatever that means.
“A threat of violence to someone who was a target of a #January6th assassination attempt from your fellow Trump supporters is irresponsible and disgusting,” he said, according to NBC.
The party of riots
Political violence is obviously never acceptable, but McCarthy was clearly joking, and Democrats are not exactly on the moral high ground here. If it can be believed, the party that supported an entire summer of “mostly peaceful” riots and whose ranks include Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) — who Pelosi has defended for encouraging mob violence — began giving lectures on political intimidation.
As Fox reported, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) called McCarthy a “would-be assailant” and joined Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) and others in demanding that McCarthy step down. Dramatic much?
Even Pelosi herself is no stranger to harsh rhetoric, having described Republicans as “the enemy within” after Jan. 6. She also rejected McCarthy’s choices for her partisan committee on the unrest, the purpose of which is clearly to smear her Republican opponents.
On a milder note, she called McCarthy a “moron” after he questioned the “science” behind her reinstated mask mandate.