Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezHillicon Valley – Presented by Ericsson – Oversight Says ‘Little Lapses’ Led to House Voting Wednesday to Censor Gosar, Remove Him from Committees Gosar Defends Ocasio-Cortez Anime Video Before Republican Party MORE (DN.Y.) made a passionate call to fellow House members on Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul gosarPaul Anthony GosarHillicon Valley – Presented by Ericsson – Oversight Says ‘Little Lapses’ Led to House Voting Wednesday to Censor Gosar, Remove Him from Committees Gosar Defends Ocasio-Cortez Anime Video Before Republican Party MORE (R-Ariz.) For posting an anime video that showed him killing her and wielding swords in President BidenJoe Biden Idaho House of Representatives Passes Workers’ Compensation Bill Biden Submits 2016 Climate Treaty to Senate for Ratification Rubio Pledges to Delay Biden’s China and Spain Ambassador Candidates MORE.
In a fervent speech in the House of Representatives during the debate on a resolution to censure Gosar and remove him from House committees, Ocasio-Cortez implored lawmakers to make it clear that they will not tolerate depictions of violence toward members of Congress. .
“What’s so hard to say this is wrong? It’s not about me. It’s not about Rep. Gosar. But it’s about what they’re willing to accept,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez rejected Gosar’s claims that the video was “symbolic” of the immigration debate, arguing that fantasizing about murdering a political opponent still has real-life consequences.
“I have seen other members of this party make the argument, including Representative Gosar himself, the illusion that this was just a joke. That what we say and what we do does not matter as long as we allege a lack of meaning, Ocasio-Cortez said. .
“Now, this nihilism runs deep. And it conveys and betrays a certain contempt for the meaning and importance of our work here. We do that, as long as we say it’s a joke, it doesn’t matter. What we say here doesn’t matter. That our actions every day as elected leaders in the United States of America do not matter. That this chamber and what goes on in it does not matter. And I am here to stand up and say yes, “she continued.
“Our work here matters. Our example matters. There is meaning in our service. And as leaders in this country, when we incite violence with representations against our colleagues, that turns into violence in this country. And that is where we must attract. the line regardless of party, identity or belief, “Ocasio-Cortez said.
Ocasio-Cortez spoke moments after the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyHouse to vote Wednesday to censor Gosar, remove him from committees Gosar defends Ocasio-Cortez anime video to Republican Party Trump allies target Katko for infrastructure vote MORE (R-Calif.) He warned that Democrats were setting a bad precedent and warned that Republicans could also censor or remove Democratic committee appropriations if they regain a majority in the House.
McCarthy said he “did not condone violence,” but argued that the video did not deserve the punishment that was being considered in the House.
“It’s sad,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “It is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America does not dare to say that publishing a description of the murder of a member of Congress is wrong.”
Moments after Ocasio-Cortez spoke, Gosar defended the video, saying it “contributes directly to the understanding and discussion of the real-life battle resulting from the open border policies of this administration.”
Gosar also did not notably apologize for the video.
“I do not advocate violence towards anyone. I never did. It was not my purpose to upset anyone. I voluntarily removed the cartoon, not because it was a threat in itself, but because some thought it was. Out of compassion for those in general I was offended, I censored myself, “said Gosar.