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Paul Gosar censured by House, strongly supported by Republican Party


If loving their white nationalist death fantasist is wrong, the Republican Konference doesn’t want to be right:

The House voted Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) for tweeting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging swords at President Biden — a move that comes amid growing worries about violent political rhetoric 10 months after a mob of former president Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol.

The 223-to-207 vote, with one member voting present, marks the first time in more than a decade that the House has censured one of its members. The resolution also removes Gosar from his assignments on the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees.

“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,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Wednesday’s debate, describing GOP leaders’ refusal to reprimand Gosar as “outrageous.”


Most Republicans who spoke on the floor Wednesday focused their remarks on attacking Democrats as power-hungry hypocrites bent on destroying the country and unwilling to discipline their own members for what Republicans claimed were similar acts. But beyond brief mentions of not condoning violence, few Republicans directed any criticism at Gosar for posting a video depicting himself plunging a sword into the back of a colleague’s neck.


About a dozen Republicans stood beside Gosar in a show of support as he was censured. Ocasio-Cortez observed the censure from the front row of the House, about 15 feet away from Gosar, with Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters (Calif.) and Marcy Kaptur (Ohio) sitting beside her.

Two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), joined Democrats in backing the measure. Rep. David Joyce (R-Ohio) voted “present,” citing his membership on the House Ethics Committee and the possibility that Gosar’s posting could come before the panel.

This is just flatly where the Republican Party is right now. Gosar is not in any sense an outlier.


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