Politics McCarthy faces calls to resign over alleged joke about hitting Pelosi with gavel
Freedom Caucus presses McCarthy to force vote to oust Pelosi
A bloc of House conservatives on Friday pressed Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to force a floor vote by next week to oust Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for blocking two Republicans from serving on the special committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.Such a vote on what's known as a "motion to vacate the chair" would be quickly rejected by Democrats, who control the majority, and some moderate Republicans. But the one-pageSuch a vote on what's known as a "motion to vacate the chair" would be quickly rejected by Democrats, who control the majority, and some moderate Republicans.
House Minority Leaderis facing several calls by Democrats to resign after reports surfaced that he joked about hitting Speaker with a gavel.
On Saturday night, McCarthy was reportedly gifted a large gavel by members of's Republican congressional delegation during a dinner event. The gavel had the words "Fire Pelosi" inscribed on it, referencing the minority leader's repeated optimistic stance that the GOP will retake the House following the 2022 midterm elections.
"It will be hard not to hit her with it, but I will bang it down," McCarthy reportedly said,from the Tennessean.
Pelosi to name Adam Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi revealed on Sunday that she plans to name Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican, to the Jan. 6 committee after the top Democrat stonewalled two GOP appointees to the panel. © Provided by Washington Examiner When asked if she's weighing the possibility of adding Kinzinger, an outspoken critic of the GOP response in the aftermath of the Capitol breach, to the group, the speaker responded, "That would be my plan" on a segment of ABC News's This Week. Earlier in the week, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chairman of the Jan.
Several Democrats took to Twitter to condemn McCarthy's alleged statement, including California Rep. Ted Lieu, who said, "You need to apologize for your statement, or resign."
Dear— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) McCarthy: Don’t you think America has had enough political violence? 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.
"Don’t you think America has had enough political violence? You should never be encouraging or threatening or joking about causing violence to anyone, including the Speaker of the House," Lieu added.
Democrats Claim McCarthy Tried to Make 1/6 Commission 'Big Lie' Circus, Defend Rejecting Picks
"We tried to do this in an independent, international commission. The Republicans refused," said Democratic Congressman David Cicilline.Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats have defended the recent decision to block House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's picks for the January 6 House Select Committee investigating the U.S. Capitol attack.
Fellow Golden State Rep. Eric Swalwell called McCarthy a "would-be assailant," also saying he should resign. "America has suffered enough violence around politics," Swalwell.
Rep. Debbie Dingell of Michigan said McCarthy should apologize. "Language like this led to violence and death at the United States Capitol. @GOPLeader knows his words carry weight," Dingell.
McCarthy allegedly invited the roughly 1,400 people in attendance at the Nashville dinner to Washington, D.C., when he is appointed as speaker, assuming his hopes for the position come to fruition, according to a Washington Post.
The minority leader's alleged comments come just days afterhim a "moron" for questioning a new mask mandate for lawmakers.
The Washington Examiner contacted McCarthy's office for comment but did not immediately receive a response.
McCarthy mocks Cheney and Kinzinger as 'Pelosi Republicans'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Monday derided Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) as "Pelosi Republicans" for serving on a committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.Reporters asked McCarthy in the Rose Garden of the White House about the panel established to investigate the insurrection, specifically about Republican concerns about the lack of GOP participation on the committee. Cheney and Kinzinger are the only two Republicans on the committee. McCarthy withdrew his appointments after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked two of his picks.
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McCarthy slammed for joking 'it would be hard not to hit' Pelosi with a gavel .
Pelosi and McCarthy have been feuding over appointments to the Jan. 6 select committee and a new mask mandate in the House.McCarthy, R-Calif., made the comments at a Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser on Saturday night, where he was handed an oversized gavel by members of the state's Republican members of Congress.