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 percent 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.”
- Kevin McCarthy joked about casual violence against Nancy Pelosi during a fundraiser, reporters at the event said.
- He reportedly said that, as House speaker, he’d find it “hard” not to hit her with the gavel.
- McCarthy was speaking to around 1,400 GOP donors at a fundraising event in Tennessee.