Pelosi and McCarthy relationship hits a new low

Pelosi and McCarthy relationship hits a new low

8/3/2021 7:33:00 AM

Pelosi and McCarthy relationship hits a new low

She called him a moron; he joked about hitting her with a gavel. The relationship between the House leaders has never been great, but it is at a new low.

WASHINGTON — House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is facing criticism for saying to supporters over the weekend that it “will be hard not to hit” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker’s gavel, if it is handed to him in 2023 should Republicans take control of the chamber in the midterms.

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Though both are from California, the two House leaders have a more acrimonious relationship than Pelosi had with McCarthy’s two predecessors, when there was at least a degree of civility.But the recent spate of name-calling and political maneuvering between the two brought an already-fraught relationship to a new low.

On Thursday, Pelosi (D-San Francisco) called McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) a “moron” for questioning the science behind wearing masks to prevent spread of COVID-19. Republicans have rebelled at the House mandating masks because of the surge of Delta variant cases.

AdvertisementMcCarthy responded by publicly questioning some tech investments made by Pelosi’s husband that have made headlines and referring to her as a “lame duck speaker.”On Saturday, McCarthy received a mock speaker’s gavel at the Tennessee GOP’s annual Statesmen’s Dinner. Republicans’ are increasingly confident that they will retake the House majority after the November 2022 election.

He was greeted with cheers when he told the crowd: “I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel [in 2023]. ... It’ll be hard not to hit her with it.”Democrats are demanding an apology, accusing McCarthy of promoting violence against women and using the same rhetoric that led to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Several representatives demanded he resign.

“America has suffered enough violence around politics. @GOPLeader McCarthy is now a would-be assailant of @SpeakerPelosi. He needs to resign,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin)said in a tweet.“Dear @GOPLeader 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,” said Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance)

said in a tweet.McCarthy’s office dismissed the complaints. “He was obviously joking,” a spokesperson said.The current deterioration follows Pelosi’s unprecedented refusal last month to seat two of McCarthy’s choices to serve on the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

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AdvertisementShe said past comments by Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) denigrating the committee and trying to cast doubt on the facts of the attack made them unsuitable to serve. It was a surprising breach of past norms, when the speaker typically deferred to a minority leader’s selections for which members of the minority party serves on a select committee.

The phone call in which Pelosi informed McCarthy of her decision reportedly ended with raised voices, and McCarthywithdrew all of his picks in retaliation. Pelosi instead appointed two more moderate, anti-Trump GOP House members to serve on the committee.

The House Freedom Caucus pressured McCarthy to try to remove her as speaker in response, something Republicans do not have the votes to do without help from Democrats.Pelosi and McCarthy never had much of warm relationship, and it only got worse under President Trump, who was impeached twice by the House under Pelosi.

AdvertisementMcCarthy ingratiated himself with Trump in hopes of winning back the House majority in 2020, something Republicans came closer to doing than most expected.The current three-seat margin of Democratic control in the House has fueled the Pelosi-McCarthy power struggle. The next big test could be when the infrastructure bill currently being negotiated in the Senate reaches the House.

“There are still a significant number of so-called moderate Republicans ... who are going to be the ones that Pelosi can turn to to say we need your votes on this,” Brookings Institution congressional expert John Hudak said.“McCarthy could step in and threaten members who work with Pelosi,” Hudak said, adding that he doesn’t expect him to do so.

AdvertisementWhile the House majority can largely act without the minority, their souring relationship may worsen partisanship on Capitol Hill.That could make it harder to get routine, non-controversial bills through the House via a voice vote, rather than a recorded roll-call vote, said Catholic University of America politics professor Matthew Green. Any member can object to the quicker voice-vote process, thereby requiring the longer roll-call vote.

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sarahdwire Apparently it's only funny when Maxine Waters ask followers to get violent, right LA Times? Let's least twice in 4 years...where was your outrage? A joke vs an actual call for violence When a man talks about hitting a woman, there is no relationship. There are only dominating, violent thoughts in his head.

McCarthy is a bad hombre. 'Hits'? Horrible, horrible, horrible Headlines like this are part of the reason our democracy is on life support. This headline is ridiculous. He talked about hitting her with a gavel. EricBoehlert man oh man Losers all - we are sunk if this is the best and brightest we have to populate Congress.

What kind of fan-fiction drama are you guys selling here? Delete this LA times McCarthy hit a new low! Surprise? No!

McCarthy slammed for joking 'it would be hard not to hit' Pelosi with a gavelPelosi and McCarthy have been feuding over appointments to the Jan. 6 select committee and a new mask mandate in the House. does he beat up his wife? Violence his followers r listening POTUS VP JoeBiden HouseDemocrats WhiteHouse this is what ur working with RepAdamSchiff SpeakerPelosi SenSchumer CoryBooker BernieSanders RepSwalwell CNN ABC DonLemonTonight AC360 DavidMuir That good GOPLeader judgement shining through again.

Um, which one threatened (“joked”) to hit the other? Who wrote this headline? 0/10 do not recommend No… McCarthy hit a new low making what he calls jokes about hitting an 82 year old woman Enough Let me guess, both sides good

Kevin McCarthy Makes Creepy Joke About Hitting Pelosi If He's Ever Speaker Of The House“I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. It will be hard not to hit her with it, but I will bang it down,” he told laughing GOP donors. Abuser. Nancy would shove that gavel up his keister ! She is a tough old girl 🤔 Does he have these kind of thoughts often?

McCarthy says 'it will be hard not to hit' Pelosi with gavel if he becomes House speakerHouse Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy joked at a Saturday night event that it 'will be hard not to hit' House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the speaker's gavel if Republicans take control of the chamber in the 2022 midterms and he becomes speaker. But let’s recall the Governor I honestly think he meant it as a joke. But it wasn't a joke and you don't make jokes about beating women especially when you voted against the Violence Against Women Act. He should personally come out and apologize to Pelosi and all women. Not let one of your staffers tweet it.. Republican will take it back. This woke experiment has failed.

Some Democrats call on McCarthy to resign after comment 'hard not to hit' Pelosi with speaker's gavelSome Democrats are calling on House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to resign after he said it would be 'hard not to hit' Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a the speaker's gavel. no. When they made him leader they did so on the basis that he's not particularly intelligent and can be easily manipulated. How many times does he need to prove his lack of intellect? Dumber than a box which holds another smaller box of rocks. She can be a real numb skull!!

Anger as top US Republican jokes about hitting PelosiHe joked that, should he become speaker, he would struggle to resist striking Pelosi with the gavel that comes with the job. 'It will be hard not to hit her with it but I will bang it down,' McCarthy said, according to a reporter who was at the event Lmao he speaks facts This type of behavior and banter is juvenile and at best sophomoric. McCarthy better get himself together ASAP! Wow if pelosi said that I would be pissed so him saying is wrong just the same wtf is wrong with our government our country is a mess

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