The House of Representatives voted 223-207-1 to condemn Republican Congressman Paul Gosar for a graphic animation video he shared on social media depicting him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Congress – citing strong sanctions only for the 24th time in Congress. history.
The resolution calls for Arizona’s lightning rod to face a public remark on the floor of Parliament and be fired from his two committee duties – the House Oversight and Reform and Committee on Natural Resources.
Wyoming representative Liz Cheney and Illinois representative Adam Kinzinger were the only Republicans to vote for the Democrats. David Republican spokesman David Joyce avoided taking a stand and voted “present.”
A former member of Congress was convicted in 2010 of then-representative Charlie Rangel, a New York Democrat, for ethical violations. Rangel retired from Congress in 2017.
In a one-and-a-half-minute anime video for Gosar’s Twitter and Instagram accounts on November 7, Gosar’s face has been roughly edited into scenes The attack of titanium in the role of a cartoon hero. In one step, the Gosar character cuts a monster’s throat with an Ocasio-Cortez face shaped on its body. Anime shots mix with a sample of immigrants crossing the southern U.S. border.
“Are there anime fans there?” Gosar has tweeted with the video.
He has since removed it, arguing that it was meant to be symbolic and not a call to violence.
The Ocasio-Cortez in New York pointed out that he had not heard directly from Gosar or the House GOP leadership about the case, and asked his colleagues to condemn Gosar.
“Our work here matters, our example matters. Our service matters and as leaders in this country, as we incite violence through our descriptions of our colleagues, which flows into the violence in this country,” Ocasio-Cortez said. Floor of the house before the vote. “Here we have to draw the line, regardless of party, identity or belief.”
Gosar did not directly acknowledge Ocasio-Cortez in his remarks or express remorse. He again claimed that the video posted by the anonymous employee was “sketched incorrectly”.
“I took the cartoon off voluntarily – not because it would be a threat itself, but because some thought it was,” Gosar said. “Out of compassion for those who usually felt hurt, I censored myself.”
Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican leader in the House of Representatives, chose not to take formal action against Gosar when he spoke at a closed-door meeting of the GOP party meeting earlier this week.
“Trade Democrats have violated almost every rule and standard to silence dissidents and reject a radical, unpopular agenda,” McCarthy said in the House of Representatives. “It’s about control: The one and only thing Democrats are interested in – not condemning violence, protecting an institution, not suitability or decency – is just control.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, told reporters on Wednesday that the inaction of the GOP leader did not give her options.
“This is central to my work to protect the integrity of Parliament – the institution – but also the lives of our members. It is outrageous for their leadership not to act on it,” he said.
Although they have mostly supported Gosar, House of Representatives Republicans took Cheney to third place this year in an unrecorded, closed-door vote in the GOP as punishment for his ongoing quarrel with former President Donald Trump over the Capitol on January 6th. the riot and his unfounded claim that the 2020 presidential election was “wrong.” Cheney has continued to arouse Trump’s anger as the House of Representatives Republicans defended his approval.
Some Trump-backed Republicans are also demanding that 13 members of the moderate House of Representatives party who voted in favor of the Biden-backed two-party infrastructure package approved earlier this month be punished for their votes. However, no formal action was taken.
“I think it says a lot about their priorities,” Pennsylvania Democrat MP Gay Gay Scanlon said in parliament.
Republicans have argued that the Democrats ’attempt to condemn Gosar and the decision earlier this year to remove the committee from Marjorie Taylor Green, a Georgian Republican who has also become a far-right fire, set a dangerous precedent. The GOP has the opportunity to take over parliament in the 2022 mid-term cycle.
“Today’s activities are once again trampling on the House of Commons’ traditional norms, ”Oklahoma Republican spokesman Tom Cole said in the House of Representatives. “The majority does so only to play politics right now and get a cheap political point at the expense of a minority member.”
But Democrat leaders said they were not worried about it.
“If Democrats do something as outrageous as Mr. Gosar, they should be condemned,” Maryland House of Representatives Democrat leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Wednesday. “This is not a biased question.”
Cole called the video “provocative and I think inappropriate,” but said Gosar explained to the House of Representatives party that it was meant to be “a symbol of the politics he opposes – not real people.”
“He made it clear that he didn’t intend to support the violence and, moreover, that he didn’t accept violence,” Cole said.
Gosar, a supporter of the hard line of immigration, claimed he was targeting “illegal aliens” in the video.
“This is what the left does not want the American people to know: the country is suffering from the plague of illegal immigration,” he said. “I won’t stop pointing this out.”
Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent from the Bronx.
Gosar, a dentist by profession, was first elected to Congress in 2010. He has built a reputation as a far-right legislator known to embrace conspiracy theories. Gosar was also one of those Republicans who embraced Trump’s unfounded election demands and tried to overturn the election results.
Gosar spoke at a demonstration near Trump’s White House before a group of supporters attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in an attempt to stop Biden’s election. He later made an unfounded claim that far-left activists were responsible for the violence that day.
Several of Gosar’s siblings, who have loudly criticized his brother, have demanded his expulsion from Congress and campaigned on behalf of his opponents.
After the release of the animevideo, Gosar’s sister Jennifer said in a television interview that she believed her brother was a “sociopath.”
“It’s definitely getting worse because no one holds her accountable,” Jennifer Gosar told CNN presenter Alisyn Camerota last week. “Does he have to act on it himself before we think he’s a sociopath?”