Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has consistently been one of the Biden White House’s most vocal critics. Yet this week, the congressman was himself the subject of serious criticism.
As the Washington Examiner reported, Gosar was removed from his committee assignments this week after the House of Representatives voted to censure him.
Nancy Pelosi: “We cannot have members joking about murdering each other”
The vote came in response to an animated video Gosar tweeted out that featured him fighting President Joe Biden and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“We cannot have members joking about murdering each other, as well as threatening the president of the United States,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was quoted as saying. “This is about workplace harassment and violence against women.”
Ocasio-Cortez praised the vote as well, declaring, “As leaders in this country, when we incite violence with depictions against our colleagues, that trickles down into violence in this country, and that is where we must draw the line, independent of party identity or belief.”
When speaking in his own defense, Gosar dismissed “the mischaracterization, accusations from many in this body, that the cartoon from my office is dangerous or threatening,” insisting, “It was not.”
“I do not espouse violence towards anyone. I never have,” he continued. “If I must join Alexander Hamilton, the first person attempted to be censured by this House, so be it.”
Although the effort to censure Gosar was driven by Democrats, Fox Business noted that it was also backed by Republican Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. Meanwhile, Republican David Joyce of Ohio voted “present.”
Matt Gaetz compares censuring Gosar to “indicting the Wile E. Coyote”
One Republican who made no secret of his opposition to censuring Gosar was Florida Representative Matt Gaetz. According to the Examiner, Gaetz argued the move was nonsensical.
“In the last session week, we had, we reviewed Steve Bannon’s podcast,” the lawmaker was quoted as complaining. “Today, we’re critiquing Paul Gosar’s anime.”
“Next week, we might be indicting the Wile E. Coyote for an explosive ordnance against the roadrunner,” Gaetz went on to add.
“Anime is fiction, to the point of the absurd. It’s not really my thing, and it does glorify violence, but often to symbolize conflict, not realistic harm to another person.”