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House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy had some cryptic words for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi if he is able to wrest the gavel from her hands.
The minority leader was at a fundraising event in Nashville, Tn. When he quipped about hitting Pelosi with the Speaker’s gavel if Republicans win back the House and he is named Speaker, Mediaite reported.
“It will be hard not to hit her with it but I will bang it down,” McCarthy said.
— Yue Stella Yu (@bystellayu_tnsn) August 1, 2021
Tenn. reps gave Kevin McCarthy an oversized gavel after speech.
McCarthy invites the 1,400 at Nashville dinner to DC when he becomes speaker.
He says he wants everyone to see Pelosi hand him the gavel. "It will be hard not to hit her with it but I will bang it down,” he says.
— michaelscherer (@michaelscherer) August 1, 2021
McCarthy has made no secret of his desire to become Speaker, as he has treaded water since Republicans lost the House in the 2018 elections and former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) retired.
At the Tennessee dinner, members of the state’s Republican congressional delegation gave McCarthy an oversized gavel that said “Fire Pelosi” on it, as photographed by Tennessean reporter Yue Stella Yu.
The Washington Post’s Michael Scherer reported that McCarthy expressed optimism about the GOP’s chances in 2022, inviting the audience to come to Washington, D.C. when he becomes Speaker. According to Scherer, McCarthy explained that he wanted them to see Pelosi hand him the Speaker’s gavel.
The war of words between Pelosi and McCarthy got more intense last week when he protested her bringing back the mask mandate on the Capitol.
“Make no mistake — The threat of bringing masks back is not a decision based on science, but a decision conjured up by liberal government officials who want to continue to live in a perpetual pandemic state,” he said on Twitter.
Pelosi responded curtly to the comment by saying “He’s such a moron.”
It also comes after some members of the House demanded that McCarthy attempt to take the Speaker role from her now.
It is a major step and a longshot no doubt, but the House Freedom Caucus sent the letter to House Minority Leader and California Rep. Kevin McCarthy on Friday demanding an end to the “authoritarian reign” of Speaker Pelosi.
“Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable. House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign,” the caucus said on Twitter.
Refusing to seat Rep Jim Jordan & Rep Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate Jan 6th is intolerable.
House Freedom Caucus is calling on GOP leader to file and bring up a privileged motion to vacate the chair and end Speaker Pelosi’s authoritarian reign.
Full letter: pic.twitter.com/u2AsXN5nfg
— House Freedom Caucus (@freedomcaucus) July 23, 2021
“We, the House Freedom Caucus, respectfully request that you pursue the authorization of the House Republican Conference, pursuant to Conference rules, to file and bring up a privileged motion by July 31, 2021, to vacate the chair and end Nancy Pelosi’s authoritarian reign as Speaker of the House,” the caucus said in its letter.
“Rule IX, Clause 3 of the Rules of the House of Representatives for the One Hundred Seventeenth Congress requires that ‘A resolution causing a vacancy in the Office of Speaker shall not be privileged except if offered by direction of a party caucus or conference,’” it said.
The caucus waned that the Speaker is ruining the House of Representatives and what it stands for with her dictator-like rule.
“Speaker Pelosi’s tenure is destroying the House of Representatives and our ability to faithfully represent the people we are here to serve. Speaker Pelosi has championed unconstitutional changes like allowing proxy voting and insulting security measures like metal detectors for Members coming to the floor to vote,” it said.
“Less easily reversible is the damage done to the institution by the Leadership of one party dictating the ability of Members of another party to serve in roles at the discretion of their own conference. That abuse cannot go unchecked. Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks on the Select Committee to Investigate January 6 is intolerable,” it said.
The Caucus also pointed to Democrats voting to remove Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committees as another example of abuse of power.
“That this follows the intolerable action of unseating another Republican from her committees makes clear that Speaker Pelosi has no interest in representative democracy, let alone protecting institutional norms. Republicans, under your leadership, must show the American people that we will act to protect our ability to represent their interests,” it said.
McCarthy spoke against the committee and decided to pull all of the Republicans he appointed off of it, after Speaker Pelosi made her decision.
“Speaker Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party’s picks for the Select Committee on January 6. This represents an egregious abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement, as well as leaders of standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows the Speaker is more interested in playing politics than seeking the truth,” he said on his website.
“Unless Speaker Pelosi reverses course and seats all five Republican nominees, Republicans will not be party to their sham process and will instead pursue our own investigation of the facts,” he said.