Mr McCarthy, who represents California and is the number two Republican in Congress, made the remark on Saturday at the 44th Annual Statesmen’s Dinner, an event with the Tennessee Republican Party where he was the keynote speaker.
“I’m going to make this promise to you. When we get the majority… you are all invited, ”he told the crowd, who applauded enthusiastically. “I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that hammer.” It will be hard not to hit her with it.
Trademarks are a likely response to earlier this week, when Ms Pelosi called Mr McCarthy ” imbecileFor falsely claiming that the CDC’s renewed calls for mask warrants were not science-based.
“Have you ever been called an asshole by the President?” Said Mr. McCarthy during his speech. “I want to call his former president.
The president on Wednesday called Mr. McCarthy an asshole after asserting that “the threat to bring back masks is not a science-based decision, but a decision evoked by representatives of the Liberal government who want to continue living in a state of perpetual pandemic. . “
The GOP delegation also gave the leader an accessory hammer with the words “Fire Pelosi” on it during the event, which raised $ 625,000 for the Republican Party.
The remarks inspired a swift condemnation of Democratic members of the House of Representatives.
“America has suffered enough violence around politics”, Eric Swalwell from California tweeted. “@GOPLeader McCarthy is now a potential abuser of @SpeakerPelosi. He must resign. “
“Dear @GOPLeader McCarthy,” added Rep Ted Lieu. “Don’t you think America has had enough political violence? You should never encourage, threaten or joke about causing violence to anyone, including the Speaker of the House. You must apologize for your statement or resign. “
The independent contacted Mr McCarthy’s office for comment.