Gosar faces increasing odds of being censored on the House floor

Chances of the House voting to censor Rep. Paul gosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP deafening silence like post-January. 6 threats of violence escalate to Cheney, Kinzinger signal that would support censorship of Gosar Nicolle Wallace criticizes ‘toxic stew of grievances’ pushed in conservative media MORE (R-Ariz.) They are rising amid simmering anger among Democrats over a video he distributed that showed him as an anime character killing the representative. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezGOP deafening silence like after January. 6 threats of violence on the rise Inflation poses new challenges for progressives Cheney and Kinzinger say they would back Gosar’s censorship MORE (DN.Y.).

Pressure is mounting on Democratic leaders to introduce a resolution introduced Friday by Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline Speier Cheney, Kinzinger point out they would support Gosar’s censorship Time to review the outdated and unbalanced military justice system The Hill’s Morning Report – Brought to you by Facebook – Rising prices undermined Biden’s agenda MORE (D-Calif.) And 60 other Democrats in the House of Representatives as rank-and-file members argue that their actions deserve extraordinary sanction at a time when members of Congress face unprecedented threats of violence.

At least two Republicans signaled in recent days that they could also support Gosar’s censorship amid growing fears about how heated rhetoric and violent imagery could lead to actual political violence.

So far this year, Democratic leaders have not allowed House votes to censor several other House Republicans, primarily related to the promotion of former President TrumpDonald Trump Trump Criticizes McConnell, Says Senator Should Attend Biden Signing Ceremony Former Trump Administration Aide Says He Was Warned About Playing Taylor Swift Music In The White House Trump Faces Legal Challenges Maintaining Biden Documents january 6 committee MOREfalse claims about the 2020 elections or downplaying the violent January 6 attack on Capitol Hill.

However, many Democrats feel that Gosar’s actions this time go beyond the limits, especially as Republican leaders have been publicly silent.

Speier said he plans to meet with the president on Monday Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Inflation Raises New Challenges for Progressives Human Rights Must Not Be Forgotten Amid Empty Promises From China On Climate Change 12:30 PM Report From The Hill: Biden Appoints Obama Official As Fair FDA Chief before the deadline MORE (D-Calif.), Who called for ethics and law enforcement investigations in Gosar.

“It is yet another example of incitement to violence,” Speier told The Hill. “And the more we normalize this, the more likely we are to see something tragic happen.”

“People need to recognize that words matter. Behavior matters. And if you’re going to threaten people, there will be repercussions. “

Republican representatives. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Jan. Jan. 6 investigation threatens fragile peace between Trump and Pence Steve Bannon indicted by federal grand jury Meadows defies Jan. 6 committee, risking contempt charges MORE (Wyoming) and Adam kinzingerAdam daniel kinzinger (Ill.) They have signaled that they would support Gosar’s censorship, a significant change from previous censorship debates.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyGOP deafening silence like after January. 6 threats of violence escalate to Cheney, Kinzinger signal that would support censorship of Gosar Nicolle Wallace criticizes ‘toxic stew of grievances’ pushed in conservative media MORE (R-Calif.) He has yet to publicly comment on Gosar’s video, which also showed the Arizona Republican brandishing swords in President BidenJoe Biden Michael Flynn Says From US: ‘We Have To Have A Religion’ White House Tries To Change Messages On Economy Biden Expresses ‘Great Concern’ Over Belarus-Poland Border Crisis MORE – or about the attacks in recent days against the 13 House Republicans who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Some of the 13 Republicans have received death threats in recent days for helping win a legislative victory for Biden.

Democrats initially tried to pressure McCarthy to publicly rebuke Gosar early last week. Pelosi urged McCarthy to condemn the video, while the chairmen of the House Democrats’ communications arm issued a joint statement stating that McCarthy “needs to decide whether to finally support the American people on the side of law and order or continue to support violence and chaos “.

But now, some think it’s time to take matters into your own hands.

“I fundamentally believe that we as a body must act,” said Rep. Brenda lawrenceBrenda Lulenar Lawrence CBC’s pivotal role in infrastructure underscores growing stature of caucus Black Caucus emerges as winner in spending package White House to house legislators as agenda negotiations reach critical stage MORE (D-Mich.), Who also serves as the Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus.

“If we sit in silence, it becomes normal for a member to use a violent dog whistle against a sitting member and a sitting president, for shouting out loud. It’s fine? And is it okay for those who represent more than 700,000 people in this country as a collective body to just turn their heads? We’ve seen where that takes us, ”Lawrence said.

Pelosi has yet to say whether she supports censuring Gosar and taking the measure to the full House for a vote. A spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

Gosar defended the video as “symbolic” of the immigration debate and maintained that “I do not advocate violence or harm towards any member of Congress or Mr. Biden.”

But Gosar removed the video from Twitter on Tuesday after the protest.

This is not the first time some Democrats have pushed to censor Gosar this year.

In May, Rep. David CicillineDavid Cicilline Cheney, Kinzinger Point Out They Would Deliberately Back Censoring Gosar Move And Rebuild America’s Tech Leadership Small Business Coalition Urges FTC To Enforce Antitrust Law MORE (DR.I.) filed a resolution to censure Gosar for saying during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing that a rioter shot to death outside the House chamber on January 6 was “executed” and that the Justice Department is “harassing peaceful patriots across the country.” the country.”

But that measure has gone nowhere, nor have any of the other resolutions this year to censure Republican representatives. Louie gohmertLouis (Louie) Buller Gohmert Cheney, Kinzinger Point Out They Would Support Gosar Censoring Gohmert Considering Running For Texas AG Republican Rep. Clyde Racks Up 500 In Mask Fines MORE (Texas), Mo brooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks Cheney, Kinzinger Point Out They Would Support Gosar’s Censorship Citations Show The Jan. 6 Panel’s Focus On Trump’s Plans That The Republican Senate Campaign Manager Dodges When Asked If Parnell Is The Candidate suitable for the position MORE (To.), Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s Efforts to Minimize the Danger of Capitol Riots Increase The Memorandum: Now What for Anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene Says She Will Meet With Trump ‘Soon’ In Florida MORE (Georgia), Andrew Clyde (Georgia) and Jody I didJody Brownlow HiceCheney, Kinzinger point out they would back censorship of Gosar Raffensperger: Trump’s request to ‘find’ votes was a threat Georgia secretary of state: Trump ‘had no idea how elections work’ MORE (Georgia.).

Democrats, along with 11 Republicans, voted to oust Greene from House committees in February because of his past acceptance of conspiracy theories and apparent endorsement of violence against Democrats.

Gosar’s latest actions led Kinzinger and Cheney, who broke with the Republican Party over its continued embrace of Trump, to take the unusual step of backing censorship against a member of their own party.

Cheney said in an interview with The Associated Press that Gosar should be censored “for his continued indefensible activities,” while Kinzinger told CNN that he “would intend to vote yes.”

“I don’t care if he’s a Republican or a Democrat, we can’t in this country, Wolf, get to a point where we even use anime, which is creepy in and of itself, but use anime or regular videos or deep fakes or even Threats simply tweeted against a sitting member of Congress may be acceptable. It is never acceptable. It cannot be acceptable, “Kinzinger told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

His support for Gosar’s censorship would give Democrats bipartisan cover for following a path they would have otherwise hesitated to follow this year, even if the behavior of some Republicans has angered rank-and-file members.

Only 23 legislators have been censored in the history of the House. The last time a member of the House was censored was in 2010, when the former Rep. Charlie rangelCharles (Charlie) Bernard RangelNYC caught the latest bug from a broken election agency The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – After a landmark verdict, Chauvin took President Pelosi’s change of mind on censorship in handcuffs MORE (DN.Y.) was found guilty of ethical violations ranging from misusing congressional letterhead to raise funds to failing to pay taxes on a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.

McCarthy, meanwhile, forced a procedural vote in April to censure the Representative. Maxine watersMaxine Moore WatersOn The Money – Progressive firm as Biden rushes to settle Biden’s framework includes 0B for affordable housing Affordable housing is critical infrastructure; your funding doesn’t show it ANY MORE (D-Calif.) After she said “we have to be more confrontational” about police brutality against African Americans.

House Majority Leader Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer Hoyer Endorses Jazz Lewis for Maryland House Seat Duel: Pelosi Challenges Liberals to Sink Infrastructure Bill CBO Scoring Demands Threaten Friday’s House Vote of Representatives MORE (D-Md.) He warned at the time that Republicans’ insistence on forcing that vote could make it difficult for Democrats to justify withholding censorship from some GOP members.

“As my friend the leader knows, we haven’t had all the resolutions that have come up from my side of the aisle,” Hoyer said in response to McCarthy. “This makes it more difficult, however, not to proceed with numerous resolutions on my side of the aisle.”

Speier said this time should be different compared to the other censorship efforts that ultimately got nowhere.

“I think it should be,” Speier said.


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