Democrats celebrated after the 2020 election saw the party retake the White House and gain a razor-thin majority of seats in Congress, but it wasn't all good news.
That election saw a new wave of Trump-inspired right-wing conspiracy theorists like Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado sworn in, while seasoned Congressmembers like Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona and Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin were newly-emboldened.
The unapologetic extremism among far-right representatives has prompted House Democrats to take drastic measures in the effort to curb threats and conspiracy theories from further infecting the public discourse. Greene was stripped of her committee assignments after multiple posts from before her election—endorsing conspiracy theories and calls for violence against her future colleagues—resurfaced.
Gosar saw the same fate after he shared a cartoon of him and other right-wing lawmakers killing Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and attacking President Joe Biden with knives.
Democratic lawmakers called for Boebert's committee removal after she made despicable jokes insinuating that Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar of Minnesota—one of the first Muslim women elected to Congress—was a suicide bomber.
In all of these instances, Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy condemned the actions of those caucus members but railed against House Democrats for taking steps to hold them accountable.
Now, McCarthy is naming Democrats he'd like to see removed from their committees if Republicans retake the House after the 2022 midterms.
In a recent interview with the far-right publication Breitbart, McCarthy suggested that, as Speaker, he would remove Representative Omar, along with Eric Swalwell and Adam Schiff, both of California.
"Never in the history [of Congress] have you had the majority tell the minority who can be on committee. But this new standard which these Democrats have voted for — if Eric Swalwell cannot get a security clearance in the private sector, there is no reason why he should be given one to be on Intel or Homeland Security. He will not be serving there...Ilhan Omar should not be serving on Foreign Affairs,” McCarthy added. “This is a new level of what the Democrats have done.”
Unlike the two Republicans removed from their committees last year, none of these members have threatened the lives of their colleagues.
Social media users weren't having it.
McCarthy's comments had some people even more resolute to vote for Democrats in 2022.
Just the motivation that was needed?