The head of the Republican caucus in the United States House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthyhe jokingly said during a fundraising dinner that he might hit with a hammer to the president of the body, the democrat Nancy Pelosi. After the inappropriate joke, qualified as misogynist by their peers, he was urged to present an apology or resign from his position.
It all happened this Sunday at a fundraising dinner in Tennessee, where McCarthy spoke optimistically about the prospects for his party to regain control of the chamber in the midterm elections next year.
In this context, one of the attendees presented him with a large hammer. “I want you to see Nancy Pelosi handing me that hammer; it would be hard not to hit her with it.”McCarthy said with a laugh, according to a Washington Post reporter and a local Nashville reporter who were at the event.
Through this joke loaded with violence and machismo, McCarthy once again exposed the crosses he has with Pelosi, who last week described his Republican counterpart as an “idiot” for opposing the use of masks to combat the coronavirus pandemic in the country , which is facing an outbreak due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
This Monday, after the dissemination of what happened, the representative Ted Lieu, from California, urged the Republican to apologize or resign, a call also repeated by California legislator Eric Swalwell.
“Violence against women is not a joke”, tweeted, for her part, Representative Teresa Leger Fernández, of New Mexico, whose outrage was shared by numerous legislators. “Threatening political violence is not a joke; these comments are misogynistic and dangerous,” wrote.
“Language like this led to violence and death on the US Capitol. Kevin McCarthy knows his words carry weight.”, also posted on Twitter, Representative Debbie Dingell, of Michigan, referring to the January 6 speech that then-President Donald Trump gave to the crowd that invaded the Capitol as Congress certified Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
In that attack, which left more than 5 dead, uOne of the protesters’ main targets was Democrat Nancy Pelosi.