The Washington Examiner reports that Democrats are calling on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to resign after he allegedly joked about hitting Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) with a gavel.
The comment is said to have been made on Saturday night after members of the GOP’s Tennessee delegation gifted McCarthy a giant novelty gavel that bore the words “Fire Pelosi.”
Michael Scherer, a reporter for The Washington Post, tweeted that upon receiving the present, McCarthy said of Pelosi, “It will be hard not to hit her with it but I will bang it down.”
Dramatic Dems react
Scherer’s claim sparked a furious reaction from Pelosi’s Democratic colleagues, with California Rep. Ted Lieu (D) demanding that the House GOP leader issue an apology or resign from his elected position.
“Dear @GOPLeader McCarthy: Don’t you think America has had enough political violence?” Lieu tweeted. “You should never be encouraging or threatening or joking about causing violence to anyone, including the Speaker of the House. You need to apologize for your statement, or resign.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) also chimed in, tweeting, “America has suffered enough violence around politics. @GOPLeader McCarthy is now a would-be assailant of @SpeakerPelosi. He needs to resign.”
Also throwing a hissy fit was Michigan Rep. Debbie Dingell (D), who wrote, “Language like this led to violence and death at the United States Capitol. @GOPLeader knows his words carry weight. He must apologize immediately.”
Pelosi the hypocrite
Curiously, none of those uttering contempt for McCarthy’s attempt at humor noted that Pelosi herself has a complicated history when it comes to violent rhetoric being spewed by her House minions.
According to an April report published by The Washington Times, Pelosi came to Rep. Maxine Waters’ (D-CA) defense after the hardline leftist called for people to hit the streets if former Minneapolis, Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was acquitted in the incident involving George Floyd.
“We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational,” Waters told a crowd of demonstrators, calling for actual violence. “We’ve got to make sure that they know that we mean business.”
Waters’ inflammatory words came after months of rioting in which billions of dollars of damage were inflicted in cities across the country, along with multiple lives ruined and lost in the process.
Yet, rather than asking Waters to apologize, Pelosi lashed out at her critics, saying that Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain (R) should apologize for condemning Waters’ remarks from the House floor.