House Democrats move to censure GOP Rep. Paul Gosar over anime video depicting him killing AOC

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  • A group of House Democrats moved a motion condemning GOP Representative Paul Goser for posting a cartoon video that showed him assassinating Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., and waving swords at President Joe Biden. had gone.
  • The motion was introduced by Representative Jackie Spear, D-Calif., and nine other lawmakers.
  • He said such violent images heightened the threat against elected officials by supporters of former President Donald Trump in the wake of the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

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A group of House Democrats on Friday moved a motion to condemn GOP Representative Paul Goser for posting a cartoon video showing him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y., and waving swords at President Joe Biden. was shown.

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The motion was introduced by Representative Jackie Spear, D-Calif., co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and nine other lawmakers. He said such violent images heightened the threat against elected officials by supporters of former President Donald Trump in the wake of the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

“It is beyond pale for that member to post such a video on his official Instagram account and use his official congressional resources in the House of Representatives to advance violence against elected officials,” said House Democrats. group of said in Wednesday’s statement Announcing its plan to introduce the proposal.

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“As the events of January 6 have shown, such vicious and obscene messages can and do incite real violence,” he continued.

is condemned second most severe form of punishment Removal is followed by a simple majority in the House, and a floor vote is required to pass. Twenty-three MPs have been condemned by the House since 1832.

Goser, an Arizona Republican, will be required to stand in the center of the House chamber as a motion condemning his conduct is read aloud.

The edited video was shared on Gosar’s official social media channels on Sunday evening.

It featured a scene from the Japanese anime series “Attack on Titan”, in which Goser’s face was edited onto a character with two swords and later attacks the giant characters with the faces of Ocasio-Cortez and Biden. . The video also included photographs of Border Patrol officers accompanying migrants at the US-Mexico border.

The video, which was posted on Gosar’s official Instagram and Twitter accounts, has been removed.

Gosar faced sharp criticism for the positions. they issued statement tuesday who confirmed that his office made the video and accused opponents of “grossly misrepresentation”.

“I do not condone violence or harm towards any member of Congress or Mr. Biden,” Gosar said in the statement.

He said the video “symbolizes the fight for America’s soul” when Congress takes down the president’s economic package, which he said opposes immigration provisions.

“This video is truly a symbolic depiction of the fight over immigration policy,” Gosar said in the statement.

“It’s a symbolic cartoon. This isn’t real life. Congressman Goser can’t fly. The cartoon’s protagonist goes after the monster, the policy monster of open borders,” he continued.

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy has so far remained silent on the matter, despite calls for Democratic action.

The group of House Democrats who introduced the motion condemned McCarthy’s silence, calling it “silent approval and equally dangerous” in a statement.

Pelosi also urged McCarthy to condemn the video and “call the ethics committee and law enforcement to investigate.”

“Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States should not be tolerated,” Pelosi said. A Twitter post on Tuesday.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Gosar’s video on Monday, saying a “creepy member” of the House “shared a fictional video of him hitting me” and tagged McCarthy in a Twitter post.

“And he won’t have to face any consequences because @GOPLeader pleases him with excuses,” she added in Twitter post.

McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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