“Weaker Speaker” Kevin McCarthy (R-CA via wherever Trump tells him to stand) sold whatever was left of his pride with a lengthy list of concessions to win the Speakership gig after an epically embarrassing fifteen rounds of votes.
Aside from publicly declaring his endless love to fellow Trump ball washer Marjorie Taylor Greene (“I’ll always take care of her,” gushed McCarthy about the Don’t-Say-Gay Divorcee from GA who lost her committee assignments at the hands of a Democratic House majority, which leads me to think he’s her latest “gym buddy”), McCarthy also announced he would be removing certain Democrats from their committee assignments.
Nothing says “I am Donald Trump’s walking spite avatar” like targeting two of the impeachment managers who dared hold Trump accountable.
MAGA especially targets California Reps. Adam “Eventual Attorney General” Schiff and Eric “Swoonworthy” Swalwell — whose book about Trump’s first impeachment, Endgame, is a MUST read — because they have consistently made Trump angry by telling the truth about him.
House Democratic Leader Rep. Hakeem “So Fine” Jeffries knows exactly why McCarthy targeted Schiff and Swalwell, which is why he brought a little extra New York to the announcement that the two would be staying put on the House Intelligence Committee despite the Weaker Speaker’s whining.
“It is my understanding that you intend to break with the longstanding House tradition of deference to the minority party Intelligence Committee recommendations and deny seats to Ranking Member Schiff and Representative Swalwell,” Leader Jeffries wrote in his letter to McCarthy to officially nominate the two Democrats.
“The denial of seats to duly elected Members of the House Democratic Caucus runs counter to the serious and sober mission of the Intelligence Committee,” the letter continues. “It does not serve as precedent or justification for the removal of Representatives Schiff and Swalwell, given that they have never exhibited violent thoughts or behavior.”
In new letter, Jeffries urges McCarthy to seat Swalwell and Schiff on the Intel Committee. McCarthy has power to seat or not seat them because it's a select committee and has threatened not to as retribution for Democrats ousting Greene and Gosar from committees last Congress. pic.twitter.com/y62VJkzrKI
— Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) January 23, 2023
Trumpers have repeatedly tried and failed with my “Dem Crush” Eric Swalwell, whose unborn son received death threats from the same people screaming about eradicating abortion because they’re all so “pro-life.”
Bullies really hate it when you won’t let them just bully you.
Swalwell received a fresh round of threats after McCarthy specifically targeted him in press statements and insinuated he was a threat to national security.
During a recent interview on MSNBC, Swalwell called McCarthy’s threats against him nothing more than “political vengeance.”
McCarthy hadn’t responded to the letter by press time, but Adam Schiff was on “Morning Joe” on Monday calling KKKevin a “petulant child,” which is being kind.
Hakeem Jeffries nominated Schiff and Swalwell to continue serving on the House Intelligence Committee, McCarthy has threatened to block them. Stop being a petulant child Kevin and do what's good for the country and democracy. #wtpBlue #DemVoice1 #DemsAct pic.twitter.com/icFpSmeCdS
— Brian Cardone 🏴☠️🇺🇦 (@cardon_brian) January 23, 2023
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