House Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, better known as AOC, accused the House Minority Leader of allowing his party to get away with attacks and threats because of his political ambition in a blistering tweet.
The Republican Representative from California and leader of the House minority party, Kevin McCarthy was accused of failing to rein in his “Ku Klux Klan caucus” because he wants the support to be Speaker of the House if Republicans take back Congress in the next election.
And in doing so, he’s allowing the violent targeting of women of color.
For a long time, AOC, Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Representative Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Representative Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, a group of Democratic representatives informally known as “The Squad”, have been the target of right-wing attacks filled with racist, misogynist and Islamophobic rhetoric.
In addition to insults and derogatory rumors, Omar revealed she received a death threat after more inflammatory accusations from Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado.
Boebert accused Omar of being a terrorist multiple times, including in a video she shared to her own Twitter page. Omar tried to get Boebert to issue an apology, which Boebert initially did, after which, Omar received the death threat.
QAnon adherent Georgia Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and former President Donald Trump both issued inflammatory, lie-filled statements attacking Omar after Boebert's apology.
As of this writing, McCarthy has yet to take any action against Boebert or Taylor Greene.
Additionally, AOC herself has been the subject of threats of violence.
Last month, House Rep Paul Gosar of Arizona posted a video online of an anime parody, depicting himself killing AOC and threatening President Joe Biden.
While Gosar’s team has tried to write off the video as a joke, it was compared unfavorably to the right-wing outrage at similar inappropriate jokes made about then President Donald Trump by people like comedian Kathy Griffin.
While the Democrat led House took steps to censure Gosar, AOC has taken McCarthy to task for not condemning the video.
The House minority leader is doing anything but lead.
On top of all of this, other conservative members of the House are voicing their displeasure with McCarthy’s lack of action.
GOP Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois—who is not seeking reelection—criticized McCarthy for refusing to condemn far-right members of their caucus.