House votes to blame Gosar for posting violent video
Washington — The House of Representatives is expected to vote on a resolution blaming Republican Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona for posting on Twitter an animated video of him hitting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-Cal, with a sword.
Ahead of Wednesday’s scheduled vote, Democratic lawmakers said Gosar’s actions amounted to threatening another member’s life, calling the video “beyond that.” Republicans cautioned Democrats to be cautious about penalizing those serving in the minority because of the precedent. will be set.
Earlier this year, the House of Representatives stripped Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of her duties of committees for spreading hateful and violent conspiracy theories.
“This is a dark and dangerous path, which the majority are taking,” Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, the ranking Republican on the House Rules Committee, said Tuesday. “I urge you to the future of the Chamber to rethink this course.”
Gosar posted the video over a week ago with a note saying, “Are there any anime fans out there?” The nearly 90-second video was a modified version of a Japanese anime clip, interspersed with footage of Border Patrol officers and immigrants on the southern border of the United States.
During the roughly 10-second section, the faces of the animation were replaced by josar. Greene and Representative Lauren Poubert, a Republican from Colo, were shown fighting other cartoon characters. In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen hitting the person who was made to look like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck with a sword. The video also shows that he is attacking President Joe Biden.
“I don’t know if the goal was to cause harm, incite violence, or stoke hatred, but it probably accomplished all of those things,” Representative Veronica Escobar of Texas said. A commitment to living up to the highest standards possible, but also to making each other live up to those standards. If we don’t, what we do is allow a new standard to be created. “
Last week, Gosar released a statement saying that the video was not intended to depict harm or violence, and instead described it as a “symbolic depiction of the fight over immigration policy.”
Gosar told fellow House Republicans during a special meeting on Tuesday that he would not endorse violence or harming anyone. He indicated that he deleted the video from his account, according to a person in the room who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday he has not apologized to her.
“It’s been over a week. She said he didn’t just apologize.” He not only made any kind of contact or communication, neither he nor Republican Leader (Kevin) McCarthy, but he also doubled down on saying that I somehow, you know, the representative of unregistered people “.
“In a perfect world, he would be fired. We are not in a perfect world, so blame and removal from the committee I think is appropriate,” she told reporters.
The resolution put to the vote states that depictions of violence can provoke actual violence and endanger the safety of elected officials. It also cites the January 6 US Capitol Rebellion as an example. The resolution goes on to say that violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon designed to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of power and participation in public life, with women of color disproportionately affected.
A resolution of censure, if approved by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives, requires the legislator who has been censured to stand in the House where the resolution of censure is read aloud by the Speaker of the House.
The House of Representatives has reprimanded its members on 23 occasions. The most recent censure resolution was approved in 2010 involving Democratic Representative Charles Rangel, the former chair of the House Powerful Ways and Means Committee, for financial misconduct. The censure bears no practical effect, except to provide a historical footnote referring to the profession of the legislator.
The censure ruling also calls for Gosar to be removed from the two committees he serves: the Natural Resources Commission and the Oversight and Reform Commission, which includes Ocasio-Cortez.
Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger, of Illinois, was one of the few Republicans to say he would vote to censure Gosar.
“We must hold accountable members who incite or glorify violence, and who spread and perpetuate dangerous plots. Failure to do so will bring us one step closer to turning this fictional violence into reality,” Kinzinger tweeted.
Associated Press writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.
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