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Donald Trump’s Wednesday rally in Arizona seemed to be quite the affair.
A host of guest speakers turned up, including a surprise appearance from Nigel Farage, who said many bizarre things in praise of his host.
But Farage wasn’t the only person making controversial statements.
Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House Minority Leader, also took to the stage to big up the president.
And while there, he made some unpleasant jokes about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Kevin McCarthy wants you to know that he has no plans to "bang" Nancy Pelosi with the Speaker of the House gavel https://t.co/iS2eJ2Ub1C — Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar)
Talking about a potential Trump re-election, McCarthy told the audience:
The reason I want you to come is I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel. And I promise you this: I won’t bang her with it but I’ll bang the end to the socialism and yes to America. It’s all up to you. It didn’t quite make sense but the crowd seemed to like it.
The reason I want you to come is I want you to watch Nancy Pelosi hand me that gavel.
And I promise you this: I won’t bang her with it but I’ll bang the end to the socialism and yes to America.
It’s all up to you.
It didn’t quite make sense but the crowd seemed to like it.
However, others listening did not.
They said McCarthy’s promise to “not bang” Pelosi with the gavel sounded like some sort of veiled threat.
Given she’s an 80 year-old woman, it struck some as a little off.
People said it was "sexism" and "bullying".
Really, @GOPLeader ?
You're joking about "banging" an 80 year old woman?
Good to know you're representing the grea… https://t.co/5Z4GKuqqYt — Melissa Hillman (@Melissa Hillman)
It was referred to as a ‘threat’.
Threats of violence against women seem to come easily to Trump lackey @GOPLeader https://t.co/cy92b97XuZ — Paul Myers (@Paul Myers)
People thought it was a very unsavoury piece of imagery.
"I'm not actually going to assault an elderly woman with a gavel, but I want us all to enjoy that image for a momen… https://t.co/1YIr1Vz8il — Mac “Toast Points” Rogers (@Mac “Toast Points” Rogers)
McCarthy was deemed a ‘two-bit thug’.
Is anyone in that party not a two-bit thug? https://t.co/ky5dhf6gkQ — Matt Mitovich (@Matt Mitovich)
Another proud showing for the Trump campaign...