Opinion: Kevin McCarthy’s comment is a warning sign
This latest threat is another warning sign: the GOP is on its way to becoming an anti-democratic party. We miss this fact at the risk of our nation.
McCarthy’s threat is in retaliation for the Democrats to remove two Republican Congressmen, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona, from their committees after Greene and Gosar made a series of inflammatory and disturbing comments demonstrating their general incapacity.
And instead of just dropping these chips, he is now taking revenge on Democrats who have done nothing like Greene or Gosar – and have certainly not suggested supporting violence against their colleagues.
This is not a question of the split between parties. It is a fundamental question of what America should be like. And the behavior of many Republicans, including some of their leaders, suggests that the GOP’s response is something other than “a free democratic nation”.