House Democrats announced Wednesday that they will introduce a resolution to censure the representative. Paul gosarPaul Anthony Gosar The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – The Republican Party Dealt a Coup in 2022, Looks at the Troubles of the Trump Era GOP centrists are increasingly being attacked by their own party Video showing violence removed from Representative Gosar’s account after the pushback MORE after he posted an anime-style video showing the Arizona Republican and other Republican lawmakers violently attacking President BidenJoe BidenJudge Rejects Trump’s Request to Delay Release of Jan.6 Papers Amid Appeal On Money: Biden’s Battle with Inflation Night Defense and National Security: Russia Concerns Increase MORE and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezVeteran Alexandria Ocasio-CortezMarine Launches Challenge to Gottheimer in New Jersey Pelosi Upholds America’s ‘Moral Authority’ on Climate Action Pavlich: Biden’s Self-Inflicted Energy Crisis MORE (DN.Y.).
Democrats, who plan to introduce the censorship resolution in the House on Friday, said the now-deleted video of Gosar is “a clear case for censorship” because of the violence it advocates.
“For a member of Congress to post a doctored video on his social media accounts showing himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear case for censorship,” the members wrote in a statement.
“That that member posts such a video on his official Instagram account and uses his official Congressional resources in the House of Representatives to increase violence against elected officials goes beyond what can be imagined,” they added.
The video, which as of Tuesday night no longer appeared on Gosar’s official Twitter account, featured characters from a Japanese anime series “Attack on Titan” with the faces of Gosar and other Republican lawmakers wielding guns.
In one part of the video, Gosar’s character hits another figure on the back of the neck with a sword. That character was modified to have the face of Ocasio-Cortez.
Gosar’s character is also seen approaching Biden while holding two swords.
Democratic lawmakers pointed to the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol and the severity of violence against women around the world by defending Gosar’s censorship.
“As the events of January 6 have shown, such vicious and vulgar messages can and do foster real violence,” they wrote.
“Violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon aimed at silencing women and dissuading them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, and women of color are disproportionately impacted. The silence of the minority leader McCarthy is a tacit approval and just as dangerous, ”they added.
Gosar defended the video in a long statement on Tuesday, claiming the roughly 90-second animation was intended to be a “symbolic representation of a fight over immigration policy.” He also said he does not support violence or harm towards legislators in Congress or Biden.
The Hill approached Gosar for comment.