The joke is not over at all. During a fundraiser Saturday in the state of Tennessee, in the south of the United States, Kevin McCarthy, the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, joked about his desire to physically assault the Democratic president of the United States. this institution, Nancy Pelosi. The next day, he was ordered to apologize, or even to resign.

It all started with the delivery of a symbolic gift: when of that evening, Kevin McCarthy received a hammer, the attribute par excellence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. This present refers to the victory that the Republicans hope for in the midterm elections of 2022. In this case, Kevin McCarthy would replace Nancy Pelosi.

“I want you to see when Nancy Pelosi will give me this hammer (…) It will be difficult not to hit her with it, ”he said, adding however that in reality he would abstain, according to the Washington Post and a reporter from the local Nashville newspaper. present during the evening.

This little sentence immediately made the political class react on all sides. “Don’t you think the United States has had enough political violence like this?” Ted Lieu tweeted, Republican representative from California. “You have to apologize or resign. ”

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.

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) August 1, 19 Debbie Dingell, elected Democrat of Michigan, also demanded an apology. “This kind of talk is what caused violence and death on Capitol Hill,” she said, again on Twitter, in reference to the January 6 assault on the seat of Congress by a crowd of supporters. by Donald Trump.

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Teresa Isabel Leger Fernandez, Democratic Representative from New Mexico, tweeted, “Violence against women is no joke. Political violence is no joke. These words are misogynistic and dangerous. ”

Violence against women is not a joke.

Threatening political violence is not a joke.

These comments are misogynistic and dangerous.

– Rep. Teresa Leger Fernández (@RepTeresaLF) August 1, 2021 Nancy Pelosi and Kevin McCarthy’s reports are conflicting. The first had called the second a “fool” recently because he opposed the wearing of the mask in the face of the resurgence of the Covid pandemic – .