As House Republicans continue to incite violence against Democrats and members of their own party, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has done nothing about it, drawing condemnation from Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.).
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) and other rabid Trump Republicans have been attacking the 13 GOP lawmakers who voted to pass the $1.2 trillion infrastructure legislation last week, referring to them as “traitors,” resulting in them receiving death threats.
Not long after that, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), another insurrectionist Republican, posted an animated video depicting himself murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and President Joe Biden.
Yet despite calls for these Republicans to be punished, GOP leaders are sitting on their hands in silence.
That’s why Himes called out McCarthy, who has previously demonstrated that he won’t exercise responsible leadership by making sure members of his caucus face consequences for their bad behavior.
“No one’s calling for him to be sanctioned,” Himes said about Gosar. “They’re calling for the folks who helped with bridges and roads to be sanctioned. If this continues, somebody’s going to get killed, and while my colleagues will try to wash their hands of the responsibility, make no mistake, the language that is being used, the rhetoric that is being used, is going to result in people being killed or hurt.”
Indeed, Republicans used similar rhetoric prior to the Capitol insurrection when Trump supporters violently stormed the building in an attempt to overthrow democracy and assassinate lawmakers.
“I want to hear from the Republican leadership saying, ‘We will not tolerate this because someone is going to get killed,'” Himes continued. “People need to start saying that loud and clear, starting by the way with Kevin McCarthy. If leaders keep tolerating this stuff, somebody’s going to get killed.”
Here’s the video via YouTube:
None of the House Republicans who are inciting violence and threats against their colleagues has faced any consequences. In the past, this kind of behavior would have gotten them booted from Congress or at least censured. But Republican leaders are clearly fine with ignoring decorum and civility. Just imagine how far they would go if they were actually allowed to bring guns on the House floor.
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