- The House of Representatives is expected to vote to condemn GOP Representative Paul Goser and strip him of his committee actions for posting an anime video that depicts him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. and was shown waving swords at President Joe Biden. ,
- If the resolution is passed, Gosar would be only a member of the 24th House in the history of the House, and for the first time in more than a decade.
- House lawmakers will also vote on a motion to remove Gosser from his work on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee.
The House is expected to vote Wednesday to condemn GOP Representative Paul Goser and strip him of his committee’s act for posting an anime video showing him murdering Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D.N.Y. And dangling swords were shown at President Joe Biden.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that Gosar’s video poses a “threat that must be addressed immediately.”
“I’m so glad our members understand that this is central to our work in Congress, that means protecting the integrity of the House, the institution, but also protecting the lives of our members,” Pelosi said. told reporters on Capitol Hill.
She also criticized the GOP’s inaction in response to the video, calling it “disrespectful on the part of the Republican leadership for not acting on it.”
If the resolution is passed, Gosar will be the only member of the 24th House in the history of the House, and for the first time in more than a decade.
is condemned second harshest formal punishment It requires a simple majority in a floor vote to pass, short of expulsion in the House. House rules would require Arizona Republican Goser to stand in the center of the chamber as a motion condemning his conduct is read aloud.
House MLAs will also vote On the proposal to remove Gosar from his work On the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the House Natural Resources Committee. Ocasio-Cortez also serves on the Monitoring and Reform Committee.
Earlier this year, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga. was removed from his committee assignments for spreading hate and violent conspiracy theories.
Gosar shared the edited video on his official social media channels last week.
It featured a scene from the Japanese anime series “Attack on Titan”, in which Goser’s face is superimposed on a character with two swords and attacks 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 shared on Instagram and Twitter, has since been removed.
After sharp criticism from Democrats, Gosar did not apologize for the video, calling it a metaphor for immigration policy.
“I do not condone violence or harm towards any member of Congress or Mr. Biden,” Gosari said in a statement last week, accusing the opponents of “gross misconduct”.
“This video is truly a symbolic depiction of the fight over immigration policy,” Gosar said in the statement.
A motion to condemn Goser for the video was first introduced by Representative Jackie Spear, D-Calif., a co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, and nine other Democratic lawmakers.
The group made a connection between videos of Gosar by supporters of former President Donald Trump and the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, stating that “depicts of violence may incite genuine violence and endanger the safety of elected officials”. as seen in this room. January 6, 2021.”
The resolution also mentions the inaction of Republicans. It called the initial silence of House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy on the matter “silently approving and equally dangerous”.
McCarthy addresses Gosar’s video for the first time statement to CNN on Tuesday.
“He took down the video and he made a statement that he does not support violence for anyone. No one should indulge in violence. [against them]McCarthy told CNN. “I heard about the video so I called him, and he made a statement that he doesn’t support violence, and he took the video down.”
Most Republican members have remained silent on the video. But at least two, Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, expressed support for resolution ahead of Wednesday’s vote.
Cheney and Kizinger are the only Republican members of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riots.
in one Interview with Associated Press Last week, Cheney said Goser should be condemned for his “continued precarious activities.” He also criticized McCarthy for his initial silence, calling it “a real symbol of his lack of strength”.
“In a moment when you’ve got a white nationalist in Rap Gosar, who posted a video advocating the murder of another member, the idea that our leader would not stand against it, but that he would somehow And allowing attacks against 13. Members who are conducting themselves in a serious and genuine way are really outrageous,” Cheney told the AP.
His statement referred to 13 GOP lawmakers who voted for a bipartisan infrastructure bill, which has faced backlash from their Republican allies and even death threats from the public over their votes. Is.
Kinzinger also said he would yes to the censure motion.
“We must hold accountable members who incite or glorify violence, who perpetrate and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies. Failure to do so will take us one step closer to the reality of this imaginary violence,” Kizinger said. ” said in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
Goser, who was one of 147 Republicans who voted to reverse the 2020 presidential election results, has a history of association with white nationalist groups.
In February, he attended a white nationalist convention organized by “American First” leader Nick Fuentes, who is known for pushing racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
After the incident, Gosar attempted to distance himself from Fuentes and his speaking engagements, saying Washington Post That he condemned “white racism” and that he joined the program to reach out to a young conservative voter base.
At the end of 2019, Gosar also Participated in a “Trumpstock” rally In Golden Valley, which had speakers and supporters of QAnon.
he has constantly pushed conspiracy theories About the deadly white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the January 6 attack on the Capitol, calling The rioters are “political prisoners.”