Burchett, who was one of eight Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy as House speaker last month, said that McCarthy elbowed him in the back while the two Republican members of Congress were leaving a meeting.
“I can still feel it, believe it or not,” Burchett told HuffPost after the incident. “It was a clean shot to the kidney.”
Although the shove was witnessed by journalists including NPR’s Claudia Grisales, no footage has appeared yet.
Still, that didn’t stop users of X, formerly known as Twitter, from using memes to hilariously memorialize the skirmish.
And, yes, there were clowns.
i've obtained exclusive footage of Kevin McCarthy smoking Tim Burchett with a sucker punch today pic.twitter.com/h2rZuRqvUG
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 14, 2023
— The Great Gig in the Sky (@thegreatgig8) November 14, 2023
Tim Burchett and Kevin McCarthy pic.twitter.com/psxiLw0o0o
— Derek O'Shea (@DerekOsheaShow) November 14, 2023
— J Bernard Jones (@JBernardJones) November 14, 2023
Reaction to Kevin McCarthy/Tim Burchett fight pic.twitter.com/nCT7eFFDXV
— Shorter (@ScarredShorter) November 14, 2023
A live shot of Kevin McCarthy after his alleged sucker punch of Tim Burchett. pic.twitter.com/0xX5tSDRGR
— Jon Robles (@sportsinthekey1) November 14, 2023