"The storm" is a term that the far-right conspiracy theorists of QAnon are fond of using, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy used that term during a July 29 press conference when he was criticizing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's support of a mask mandate for the U.S. House of Representatives.
The mandate came from Capitol physician Brian Monahan, and Pelosi has said that she will "honor it." But McCarthy, obviously pandering to anti-masker extremists and coronavirus deniers in the MAGA movement, is vehemently opposed to the mandate. Monahan is calling for the House mask mandate in response to the COVID-19 surge that has been attacking the United States, especially in red states with low vaccination rates.
If I was Kevin McCarthy I would simply not use QAnon dogwhistles during press conferences https://t.co/pnhopk4s7t— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1627569512.0
McCarthy, during his July 29 speech, was standing near Rep. Elise Stefanik — who chairs the House Republican Conference — when he said, "If you are vaccinated and you get the variant, there's .003% you'd go to the hospital. There's a greater chance you'd get hit by lighting. For some reason, Pelosi thinks the storm is coming."
The fact that McCarthy used a QAnon term was not lost on Vox's Aaron Rupar, who tweeted:
Pelosi expressed her frustration with McCarthy's anti-masker views when, on July 28, she told reporters, "He's such a moron."
McCarthy unleashes QAnon dogwhistle and spins wild conspiracy theories in rambling ‘Country in Crisis’ presser
Embattled House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy went all-in for QAnon Thursday in his wide-ranging, rambling conspiracy theory-laden press conference in which he called the January 6 insurrection an "altercation" but referred to the Black Lives Matter protests as "riots."
Standing at a podium with a sign declaring "Country in Crisis," McCarthy attacked Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, blaming her for the lack of Capitol Police on January 6 and the mask mandate.
"If you are vaccinated and you get the variant, there's .003% you'd go to the hospital," McCarthy said – not as a means to urge vaccination, but as a means to oppose the House mask mandate. (NCRM has not verified that claim.)
"There's a greater chance you'd got hit by lighting," McCarthy said. He then took a long pause, and then declared, "But for some reason, Pelosi thinks the storm is coming."
That phrase, "the storm is coming," is widely documented as one used by delivers in the dangerous QAnon conspiracy theory movement.
"We've watched Speaker Pelosi politicize medicine. Just as she's doing right now," he said of the mask mandate which is based on new CDC guidance. "We've watched the Sergeant of Arms have to pass a note to the Speaker during the altercations on January 6 of whether to call the National Guard."
"We've watched Speaker Pelosi say during the riots of the summer, the disgust she had seeing the National Guard protecting the Lincoln Memorial. So yes, It's fundamentally different."
McCarthy claims he called Trump on Jan. 6 'because none of you would know unless you were in the Capitol'
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) claimed Thursday that he called then-President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 because he would not have known about the riot otherwise.
McCarthy made the remarks to CNN correspondent Melanie Zanona.
“When I called the president, I was telling him about what was happening in the Capitol, because none of you would know unless you were in the Capitol," McCarthy said.
McCarthy on his Jan. 6 phone call with Trump:
“When I called the president, I was telling him about what was happening in the Capitol, because none of you would know unless you were in the Capitol," per @MZanona
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) July 29, 2021
It is not clear why Trump would not have known about the Capitol attack that was being broadcast live on live television.
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