A Republican House leader is facing calls to resign after a photo of his son giving a Nazi salute surfaced online.
The photo, which was taken in 2017, shows the son of Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy giving a Nazi salute at a party. The photo was first reported by The Washington Post.
McCarthy has condemned his son’s actions, saying that they were “deeply offensive” and “not representative of who I am or what I believe.” However, he has refused to resign.
Several Democratic lawmakers have called for McCarthy to step down. “This is a clear case of someone who is unfit to serve in public office,” said House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “Kevin McCarthy should resign immediately.”
It is unclear whether McCarthy will resign. However, the photo has put a spotlight on his leadership and raised questions about his judgment.
The photo has also sparked a debate about the rise of white nationalism in the United States. The Anti-Defamation League has said that the photo is “a reminder of the dangers of white supremacy and the need to confront it.”
@OregonHouseGOP will you respond to your member’s, Breese-Iverson, son pictured giving a Nazi salute in front of a Nazi aircraft on a public school field trip? If she’s not held accountable, does that mean you also support this behavior? @OregonSOS @TinaKotek @EllenRosenblum pic.twitter.com/TtMiRFV4Oy— CBGB_UMWTF?_ (@cbgb_umwtf) June 3, 2023
The photo has also been met with condemnation from Jewish groups. The Anti-Defamation League has said that the photo is “a despicable act of hate” and that it “should be condemned by all Americans.”
The photo has also been met with criticism from some Republicans. Republican Senator Ben Sasse has said that the photo is “deeply disturbing” and that it “shows a lack of judgment.”
The photo has also been met with support from some Republicans. Republican Representative Matt Gaetz has said that the photo is “a joke” and that it is “not something to be taken seriously.”
The photo has sparked a national debate about the rise of white nationalism and the role of social media in spreading hate speech. It has also raised questions about the judgment of Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and the future of his leadership.