GOP Rep. Paul Gosar Condemned For Violent Video Directed At AOC, Biden

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After posting an animated video showing violence towards a New York representative and the President, a GOP leader has been condemned and removed from special committees.  

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar has been censured and removed from committees for a video directing violence at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden.  

According to CNN, the House voted on Wednesday to approve a resolution censuring Gosar. It also removes him from the House Oversight and Natural Resources Committees, The Washington Post reported.   

Gosar’s condemnation is the first time a sitting House member has been censured in more than 10 years.  

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Republicans Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, who the party ousted for speaking out against former President Donald Trump for his role in the Jan. 6 insurrection, voted with all the Democrats resulting in a 223 to 207 vote. Republican David Joyce voted present, siding with neither yes nor no on the matter.  

Earlier this month, Gosar posted a photoshopped anime video on Twitter and Instagram. The video, which has since been deleted, depicted him killing Ocasio-Cortez and attacking Biden. Ocasio-Cortez responded to the video in a Twitter post.  

“A creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me,” she wrote on Nov. 8. 

“Disguising death threats against a member of Congress and a president of the United States in an animated video does not make those death threats any less real or less serious,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  

House Democrats aimed to make it clear that those who advocate violence must face the consequences as they make comparisons to the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Republicans, however, argued it is setting a precedent that could be used against Democrats in the future, CNN reported.  

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On the House floor, Gosar maintained that his actions did not intend to be threatening. “For this cartoon, some in the current Congress suggest I should be punished,” he said. “I have said decisively there is no threat in the cartoon other than the threat that immigration poses to our country. And no threat was intended by my staff or me. I voluntarily took the cartoon down not because it was itself a threat, but because some thought it was.”  

This is not the first time white GOP leaders have directed attacks at Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent. In July 2020, Representative Ted Yoho called Ocasio-Cortez a “F—–g B—h.” According to The Washington Post, Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene confronted Ocasio-Cortez less than a year later, following her outside the House chamber, yelling at her and falsely accusing her of supporting terrorists.  

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Ocasio-Cortez said the censure of Gosar is not about her, but rather about what is willing to be accepted. “What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?” she asked.  

As other Republican leaders defended Gosar, saying it was a “joke,” she stood against it. “Now, this nihilism runs deep, and it conveys and betrays a certain contempt for the meaning and importance of our work here.”  

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