House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) proved yet again over the weekend why Republicans have trouble getting female voters to support them, saying at a GOP fundraising dinner that if he becomes Speaker of the House after the 2022 midterm elections, he might “hit” Nancy Pelosi with the Speaker’s gavel.

According to Michael Scherer of the Washington Post, McCarthy made his remarks at a fundraiser held in Nashville:

Here’s a photo of McCarthy with the oversized gavel:

While some suggested that McCarthy’s remarks were just a joke, there was strong backlash on social media:

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