Tensions Between McCarthy, Pelosi Further Escalate


On multiple issues, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, have found themselves on opposite sides. Last month, tensions flared when Pelosi shut down McCarthy’s GOP picks to serve on the commission to investigate January 6.

Since then, Pelosi has also branded McCarthy as “such a moron” for opposing the reimplementation of a mask mandate for lawmakers in Washington D.C.

Over the weekend, McCarthy made a glib joke about Pelosi; this joke has leftists clutching their pearls and calling for the House Minority Leader to step down from his post in Congress.

The controversial joke

On Saturday, McCarthy spent time in Nashville, Tennessee to attend a GOP congressional event. At some point, the House Minority Leader spoke about Republicans’ strong likelihood of winning back the House majority after November 2022.

McCarthy then glibly joked about it being challenging not to hit Pelosi with the gavel of the House speakership once she handed it to him. McCarthy joked that in spite of this, he would merely “bang [the gavel] down.”