The women's rights group UltraViolet on Monday added its voice to the chorus of condemnation of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy after the California Republican joked how difficult it would be to not beat House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with the chamber's gavel should he win her job following the 2022 midterm elections.
McCarthy's comments came during a Tennessee Republican Party fundraiser on Saturday, at which he was presented with an oversized gavel.
"I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel," McCarthy said of the California Democrat, according to audio footage tweeted by Main Street Nashville reported Vivian Jones. "It'll be hard not to hit her with it."
In a statement, UltraViolet communications director Bridget Todd said that McCarthy's "comments threatening violence against Speaker Pelosi are disgraceful, misogynistic, and wholly unacceptable. It should not be lost on anyone that Minority Leader McCarthy's comments directly echo the violent online harassment, and real world violence manifested in the January 6th insurrection, that threatens the life of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on a regular basis."
These statements have implications not just for the safety of Speaker Pelosi and other women in Congress, but also for all women in the form of policy. With Kevin McCarthy voting against the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, it is clear that his comments are reflective of his deeply held beliefs about how women should be treated and valued.
"The fact that McCarthy has not yet apologized for his dangerous, inciting words should send a clear signal to everyone that he is not fit to serve as a member of Congress, or in any position of elected responsibility," Todd added. "He should resign."
Prominent Democrats also condemned McCarthy's remarks, with Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) asserting that "America has suffered enough violence around politics" in a tweet calling for the minority leader's resignation.
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) tweeted: "Kevin McCarthy thinks joking about hitting a woman is funny. When someone shows you who they are, believe them."
The incident comes 10 months after five Democratic congresswomen—Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Ayanna Pressley (Mass.), Jackie Speier (Calif.), and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.)—introduced a House resolution urging the federal government to "adopt policies that promote women's political participation and mitigate violence against women in politics, in person and online, in the United States and abroad."
QAnon followers grow restless — which could lead to violence — as Mike Lindell again delays Trump reinstatement timeline
QAnon followers are growing restless — and could turn to violence, officials have warned — as MyPillow founder Mike Lindell continues to push back a timeline for his conspiracy theory about former president Donald Trump's reinstatement to office.
Lindell previously said Trump's reinstatement would happen sometime this month, following a "symposium" where it would somehow be revealed that Trump in fact won the 2020 presidential election, even though he did not.
But on Monday, Lindell told the Daily Beast that it could be September (or perhaps even later) before Trump is reinstated based on false claims of election fraud — assuming Lindell doesn't reschedule again.
"We'll be bringing our findings to the Supreme Court in late August or early September, some time after the cyber-symposium ends, and it proves it was an attack by China," Lindell said. "When I gave my prediction about August, and that was several months ago, that was an estimate at the time. But it took so long to get this symposium set up. However long it takes for the Supreme Court to take it up and decide on this, I can't predict that. I'm not the Supreme Court."
Meanwhile, QAnon followers who previously adopted Lindell's August timeline have been busy concocting new conspiracy theories, including that Trump's reinstatement will coincide with an upcoming test of the nation's Emergency Alert System, when the former president could announce mass arrests of Democrats, the Daily Beast reports. Others have pointed to the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant as a sign that Democrats are planning mid-August "lockdowns" to distract from voter fraud, while still others say vaccine mandates for military service members will inspire an armed forces result. QAnon influencer Ron Watkins claimed Monday that a "whistleblower" release of manuals for voting machines made by Dominion will lead to the election being overturned, even though those manuals were already publicly available.
Although QAnon followers are used to false prophecies, some expressed frustration with Watkins. "Let's see some sh*t because we are all tired of waiting and trusting," one wrote in response.
And their growing frustration could easily morph into violence, as the Department of Homeland Security has repeatedly warned. The Daily Beast cites a recent study by the Global Network on Extremism and Technology
"Perhaps the largest concern arising from these failed predictions is that QAnon supporters are beginning to feel led to take matters into their own hands after seeing that they cannot expect political or military leaders to implement their vision," the study's authors wrote. "In this case, the failed predictions of the past may well spur some QAnon supporters to take direct action and fuel a new, more dangerous, stage in the development of the movement."
'Milquetoast': Some slam Lindsey Graham for not strongly urging Americans to get vaccinated after announcing he has COVID
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham Monday afternoon announced he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The South Carolina Republican and top Trump ally says he was vaccinated, but like a minuscule percentage of Americans – less than 1% – who were inoculated he contracted the virus after being vaccinated.
Graham did credit the vaccine for his mild symptoms, but some believe he should have taken this opportunity to urge other Trump-loving Republicans to get vaccinated, rather than just mention that he was vaccinated. The vaccine is credited with keeping those who contract the virus after being fully inoculated alive and out of the hospital. Many, like Graham, report only mild symptoms.
"I was just informed by the House physician I have tested positive for #COVID19 even after being vaccinated. I started having flu-like symptoms Saturday night and went to the doctor this morning," Graham tweeted.
"I am very glad I was vaccinated because without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I do now," he added. "My symptoms would be far worse."
But, like many noted, Graham offered up no direct plea to get vaccinated.
Earlier Monday the CDC announced that 70% of eligible Americans have had at least one dose of the vaccine, but Republicans are the largest group who are refusing to get inoculated, thanks in large part to anti-vaxx disinformation coming from Fox News, other far right media outlets, and lies posted on social media.
Some used Graham's tweets as an opportunity to explain that vaccinated or not the virus can be transmitted and that's why masks are still necessary in most parts of the country.
This is why you've been asked to still wear a mask in Congress right now. https://t.co/7S2yfx7q4Z
— 👩🏻💻 Lynda (She/Her) #Vaccinated 💉 (@privatelynda) August 2, 2021
So what I'm hearing is that:
-we should be wearing masks even if vaccinated -vaccines mean you aren't going to get a worse version of the illness but you NEED to be carefully around unmasked unvaccinated colleagues (AHEM) - having free healthcare for life must be nice https://t.co/pHKBV6Y3Lo — Geraldine (@everywhereist) August 2, 2021
Some felt he struck an appropriate tone:
Good messaging on the vaccine. https://t.co/wOnRRahsoj
— Alexandra Sifferlin (@acsifferlin) August 2, 2021
This is the right message. https://t.co/2aTwSm27Kl
— German Lopez (@germanrlopez) August 2, 2021
Others just blasted him for not going far enough and insisting others get vaccinated:
This statement about vaccination could have been a million times more forceful, but instead, Graham gives this half-assed, milquetoast vaccine endorsement.
— S Frederick *Get Vaxxed* (@BlueVoter4All) August 2, 2021
Wow. Could you be just a little less guarded and hesitant with that vaccine endorsement there? Maybe say this on Fox News? Maybe tell your GOP colleagues to wear a mask? Otherwise go fuck yourself. https://t.co/hyk8qzJoTk
— Randi Mayem Singer (@rmayemsinger) August 2, 2021
Tell your constituents to stop watching Fox News and get vaccinated. https://t.co/qJhkYkYhU7
— Baligubadle (@Baligubadle1) August 2, 2021
You forgot to add “I encourage all who have not been vaccinated to do so immediately."
— Melissa (@lissysvage) August 2, 2021
Right? Like how hard is it to type GO GET VACCINATED.
— Royce (@VanillaRoyce) August 2, 2021
40% of your state is fully vaccinated. Imagine how many more people would have received the vaccine had you come out earlier in support of the COVID-19 vaccine, Senator. Do your job. https://t.co/57niZbTpZZ
— Lulu Seikaly (@LuluForTexas) August 2, 2021
Since SC vaccination rate is only at 40%, your team and you should call your constituents to get vaccinated. That will be a good use of your quarantine time.
— Penngalusa (@penngalusa) August 2, 2021
Please tell your state to get vaccinated
— DR. KRUPALI 🇺🇸 (@krupali) August 2, 2021
Way to bury the vaccine endorsement. https://t.co/i0MGfkZWip
— Blue Tsunami (@SkyBlueTsunami) August 2, 2021
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