Gosar defends the video of the Ocasio-Cortez anime before the Republican Party

Rep. Paul gosarPaul Anthony GosarMcCarthy Says He Called Gosar Before The Video Of The Anime Tweet Was Removed: House Ethics Wars Redux Report? The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s Big Bill Pass the House this Week? PLUS (R-Ariz.) He said Tuesday that he had no intention of promoting violence when he shared a Photoshopped anime video on social media last week that showed him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezMcCarthy says she called Gosar before the video was removed from the anime tweet: House Ethics Wars Redux Report? Juan Williams: A Guide to Fighting the Lies of the Right MORE (DN.Y.) and brandishing swords in President BidenJoe Biden Biden Reaffirms His Commitment To Taiwan’s ‘One China’ Policy In Call With Xi Biden Raises Human Rights With China’s Xi During Four-Hour Biden Meeting, Xi Holds ‘Candid’ Discussion Amid Highs tensions MORE.

Gosar’s comments came during a closed-door Republican conference meeting, the first meeting of House Republicans since he posted the video during Veterans Day recess last week.

The Arizona representative’s comments came as Democrats considered voting to censor him this week.

Gosar stressed that he does not support violence against other members of Congress and reiterated that he removed the video from Twitter last week after backlash. He also claimed that he did not see the violence in the Photoshopped anime video before it was posted on his Twitter account.

“It was not his intention to harm anyone,” said the House minority leader. Kevin McCarthyPLUS (R-Calif.), Airing Gosar’s comments to reporters afterward.

McCarthy also said that he does not approve of anything that depicts violence toward members of Congress.

“What I said at the conference was: [we] I cannot accept any action or demonstration of violence to another member, “McCarthy said.

A Gosar spokesperson did not immediately return a request for comment from The Hill.

Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierHouse ethics wars redux? Gosar Faces Increasing Chances of Censorship on Cheney House Floor, Kinzinger Sign That Would Support Gosar Censorship MORE (D-Calif.), Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, introduced a resolution last week to censure Gosar for the video.

Democrats have yet to decide whether to bring the resolution to the House floor this week. Such a vote would make Gosar the only member of House 24 to be censored in the history of the chamber, and the first in more than a decade.

“We are discussing what actions are appropriate,” said the House Majority Leader. Steny HoyerSteny Hamilton Hoyer This week: The House of Representatives aims to pass Biden’s spending bill as time runs out White House economic adviser is confident that Biden’s spending package will pass this week. (D-Md.) He said Tuesday.

“This action is unacceptable and the inaction of the Republicans is unacceptable,” added Hoyer.

Two Republicans, Representatives. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Wyoming Republican Party votes to no longer recognize Cheney as a Republican Meadows is the subject of growing attention in Jan. 6 panel Gosar faces increasing odds of censorship on the House floor MORE (Wyoming) and Adam kinzingerAdam Daniel Kinzinger The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by ExxonMobil – Will Biden’s big bill pass the House this week? Republican Rep. Upton Not Sure About Running Again Gosar faces increasing odds of being censored in the House of Representatives MORE (Ill.), Pointed out last week that they would support censoring Gosar for the video.

McCarthy urged Republicans to stick together and focus on their opposition to the Democrats’ $ 1.75 trillion social spending package, which is expected to pass the House later this week.

Meanwhile, some far-right Republicans are pushing to remove committee assignments from the 13 Republican House lawmakers who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill earlier this month.

Rep. 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 (R-Ga.) He tweeted the office phone numbers of the 13 Republicans, and some of those lawmakers have subsequently received death threats for helping win a legislative victory for Biden.

McCarthy said he does not believe those 13 Republicans should face retaliation for their actions.

“I am opposed to anyone receiving any death threat or security concern,” McCarthy told reporters.

If Democrats pursue censorship against Gosar, it would be the second time they would take punitive action against a Republican in the absence of sanction from GOP leaders.

Democrats, along with 11 Republicans, voted earlier this year to remove Greene from committees because of his earlier acceptance of conspiracy theories and apparent endorsement of violence against Democrats.


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