The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and pull his committee seats, the harshest punishment short of expulsion from the House, after he shared an animated video depicting him killing his colleague Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Twitter last week.
Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., conducted a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center in June.
The Democrat-controlled House voted 223-207-1 to censure Gosar, with only Rep. Liz Cheny (R-Wyo.) and Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) voting against their party and Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) voting present.
As a result of the vote, Gosar will lose his seats on the House Oversight and Reform and Natural Resources committees.
Just before the vote, Gosar said Democrats’ claim that he was dangerous or threatening was a “mischaracterization,” and while he did not apologize, he said he voluntarily took the video down out of “compassion” for those who were offended.
Ocasio-Cortez slammed Gosar and Republican leadership who refused to condemn him, saying that when lawmakers share depictions of violence against each other, “it trickles down into violence” and contributes to a larger trend of rising racism and misogyny in the U.S.
Gosar is the first House member to be censured in more than a decade, since Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) was found guilty of tax evasion and misuse of his office in 2010.
The video, which has since been deleted, was an altered clip from the opening credits of the anime series Attack on Titan in which Gosar’s face was edited over a character who slayed and swung swords at monsters whose faces had been edited to look like President Joe Biden and Ocasio-Cortez, according to the Washington Post. The video immediately garnered backlash from Democrats, with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi calling it a “horrific video” and likening it to a threat of violence. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told CNN he called Gosar after he saw the Tweet and noted the Arizona congressman took it down after they spoke, but did not directly condemn Gosar or the video. Gosar later said he did not “espouse violence or harm” toward lawmakers in Congress and Biden.
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