A new report has revealed the details of a testy interaction between House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and Rep. Eric Swalwell in which the two public servants exchanged profanities and threats over words uttered during a session of Congress.

A new report by The Daily Beast has revealed the details of the verbal spat between the two representatives, which began during the vote to censure Rep. Adam Schiff over alleged “falsehoods, misrepresentations and abuses of sensitive information” regarding the 2016 presidential election.

Standing in the heart of the House’s action near the speaker’s podium was Swalwell, who delivered a scathing message to his fellow Californian.

This is pathetic,” Swalwell reportedly told McCarthy, further asserting, “You’re weak. You’re a weak man.”

This critical interaction was confirmed by two legislators who observed the scene. Swalwell himself, reached by phone, chose not to discuss the incident in depth with the press but did not reject the account. Meanwhile, a request for comment sent to McCarthy’s office went unanswered.

The quarrel, however, did not end there. The following day — June 22 — saw Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Capitol Hill. Swalwell was present on the House floor, intending to use a restroom on the Republican side of the chamber. It was then that McCarthy confronted him.

McCarthy’s challenge to Swalwell was blunt.

“If you ever say something like that to me again, I’m gonna kick the s–t out of you,” he allegedly said, according to The Daily Beast’s anonymous source. Another participant offered more detail: the two were face-to-face, nearly nose-to-nose, with Swalwell seemingly uncertain about the situation.

“Are we really gonna do this?” Swalwell reportedly replied.


The tension escalated with McCarthy further challenging Swalwell.

“Call me a pussy again, and I’ll kick your ass,” he reportedly said. Both witnesses reported Swalwell’s retort in identical terms.

“You. Are. A. Pussy,” Swalwell allegedly told McCarthy.

The two men locked stares for another moment, after which McCarthy stepped aside, letting Swalwell pass. The altercation left its mark on the House floor but did not devolve into physical violence.

The animosity between the two Californians is not recent. McCarthy, during his speakership, has repeatedly taken aim at Swalwell. One of his initial acts was to remove Swalwell from the House Intelligence Committee over claims that Swalwell had unwittingly been involved with a Chinese spy. Schiff also found himself ousted from the panel.

In response, Swalwell, in a joint statement with colleagues, criticized McCarthy for capitulating “to the right wing of his caucus” and accused him of a “corrupt bargain” in his quest for speakership — a charge he repeated recently on MSNBC, branding McCarthy as “corrupt.”

The fallout from their confrontation continues to echo around Congress, with the tale growing more dramatic with each retelling. Swalwell, for his part, shows no signs of letting the feud die down.

Last week, in response to Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a key McCarthy ally, displaying explicit photos of Hunter Biden during an Oversight Committee hearing, Swalwell shot back on Twitter. His tweet lambasted “McCarthy’s GOP” as a “party of non-consensual nudes,” with the hashtag “#CreepSummer.”

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