“I don’t accept violence against anyone. I never had. It wasn’t my goal to upset anyone,” Gosar said.
He compared himself to Alexander Hamilton, the nation’s first tax secretary, celebrated in recent years in a Broadway musical whose censorship vote in the House was defeated: “If I have to join Alexander Hamilton, the first person tried to be censored by this that House, so be it, it is made. ”
The House censorship occurs when the issue of political violence flared up in Britain after the second death of a Member of Parliament in five years as well as in Australia where crowds demanded the death of Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews.
In Washington, the decision to censor Gosar is one of the strongest punishments the House can give, it has been only the fourth in nearly 40 years – and just the latest example of the crude tensions that have plagued Congress since the election of 2020 and the violent. A capitulation revolt that followed.
The decision to move forward with the effort was born out of Democratic frustration with the House GOP, which refused to publicly blame Gosar, who has a long history of arsonist remarks.
Instead, GOP leaders largely ignored his actions and urged his members to vote against the resolution censoring him. They also warned that the effort sets a precedent that could return to haunt Democrats if they are found in the minority.
Florida Representative Matt Gaetz said, “I would just suggest we have better things to do on the floor of the House of Representatives than be the hall monitors for Twitter.”
The resolution will remove Gosar from two commissions: Natural Resources and the Oversight and Reform panel, on which Ocasio-Cortez also serves, limiting his ability to compose legislation and deliver for items. It states that depictions of violence can fuel actual violence and endanger the safety of elected officials, citing a Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol as an example.
Gosar becomes the 24th House member to be censored. Although it has no practical effect other than to provide a historical footnote that marks a legislator’s career, it is the strongest punishment the House can issue for lack of expulsion, which requires a two-thirds vote.
Democratic Representative Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, was the last to receive the reprimand in 2010 for financial misconduct.
It would also be the second time this year that the House has initiated the removal of a GOP legislator from an assigned committee, the first being Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia.
When we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that flows to violence in this country. And there we have to draw the line.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Gosar, a six-term congressman, posted the video more than a week ago with a note saying, “Are anime fans there?” The approximately 90-second video was an altered version of a Japanese anime clip, interspersed with shots of Border Patrol officers and migrants at the southern U.S. border.
During one approximately 10-second section, animated characters whose faces were replaced with Gosar, Greene and Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican, were shown fighting other animated characters. Gosar’s character is seen striking another made to look more like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck with a sword. The video also shows him attacking President Joe Biden.
Ocasio-Cortez, whose reception of repeated death threats forced her to spend thousands on security, said Gosar did not apologize to her. She singled out McCarthy for not condemning Gosar.
“What’s so hard to say that’s wrong?” Ocasio Cortez said on the House floor Wednesday. “This is not about me. This is not about a Gosar representative. But this is what we are willing to accept. ”
Representative Adam Kinzinger was one of the few Republicans saying he would vote to censor Gosar.
“We must hold members accountable for inciting or glorifying violence that is spreading and perpetuating dangerous conspiracies. Failure to do so will lead us one step closer to this fantastic violence taking place,” Kinzinger tweeted.
This is not the first controversy for Gosar, who was first elected at the 2010 tea party. He has been repeatedly criticized by his own siblings, six of whom have appeared in campaign advertisements supporting his Democratic opponent in 2018.
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