Democrats decide to censor Gosar over violent video attacking Biden, AOC
A group of House Democrats announced on Friday that they would officially introduce a censorship measure against Representative Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, for tweeting an edited Japanese cartoon showing him stabbing President Joe Biden and killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez, DN .Y.
Gosar tweeted the message on Monday, “Any anime fans out there?” with what appeared to be an edited clip from the Japanese cartoon series “Attack on Titan”, in which the main characters battle giants trying to exterminate mankind.
The edited clip from the show’s opening credits shows Gosar and other GOP lawmakers flying through the air and stabbing giants with the faces of Biden and Ocasio-Cortez, between footage of border patrol agents with migrants at the US-Mexico border.
Gosar was immediately condemned by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats, some of whom have called for his expulsion from Congress and accused him of glorifying violence against prominent Democrats.
Pelosi tweeted on Tuesday: “Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated. @GOPLeader should join the condemnation of this horrific video and call on the ethics committee and the forces order to investigate. “
“For a congressman to post a manipulated video on his social media accounts describing himself killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear case of censorship,” said Representative Jackie Speier , D-Calif., And other Democrats. cosponsor his resolution wrote in a declaration Wednesday.
âThat this member posts such a video on his official Instagram account and uses his official Congressional resources in the House of Representatives to escalate violence against elected officials is beyond pallor. “
Ocasio-Cortez also denounced parliamentary minority leader Kevin McCarthy for failing to publicly criticize Gosar’s actions. Aides to the California Republican did not respond to an ABC News message requesting comment on the video.
Gosar ultimately removed the tweet and video on Tuesday night, after Twitter posted a public service notice on the post. He said the video produced by his office was meant to “symbolize the battle for the soul of America” ââand was “in no way intended to be a targeted attack on” Democrats.
“The cartoon depicts the symbolic nature of a battle between legal and illegal policies and is in no way intended to be a targeted attack on Representative Cortez or Mr. Biden,” Gosar said in a statement. declaration.
“It’s a token cartoon. It’s not real life. Congressman Gosar can’t fly. The hero of the cartoon runs after the monster, the political monster of the open borders. will always fight to defend the rule of law, secure our borders, and the America First agenda, âthe statement said.
If the censure resolution is passed by the entire House and approved by a majority of lawmakers present and voting, Gosar could be forced to stand in the center of the House chamber while the resolution condemning his actions is read at high voice.
It is not yet clear whether the House will take action against Gosar, who has sparked controversy for spreading conspiracy theories about the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill and showing up at a white nationalist event in the last winter – although he moved away from the main organizer and his comments.
Twenty-three members of Congress have been censored for misconduct, according to a 2016 report from the Congressional Research Service.
Former Rep. Charlie Rangel, DN.Y., was the last member of Congress to be censored – in December 2010 – charged with nearly a dozen ethics violations.
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