Pelosi on Gosar’s punishment: ‘It’s an emergency’

Spokesman Nancy pelosiNancy Pelosi Black Caucus eager to see BBB cross finish line in House Hoyer: Vote on .75T spending package likely Thursday or Friday Feehery: Next Republican wave is MORE coming (D-Calif.) He defended on Wednesday the decision of the Democrats to punish the representative. 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, saying that the Arizona Republican crossed a bright red line, and that he may have committed criminal acts, by promoting an animated video in which he kills a Democratic congresswoman and threatens the very fate of 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.

“Because it’s an emergency,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

“[There are] legal matters in terms of threatening a member and threatening the president of the United States, “he added.” We have to address it immediately, and I am very pleased that our members understand that this is fundamental to our work in Congress to protect the integrity of the House, of the institution, but also the lives of our members. “

The comments came hours before House Democrats voted on a resolution to censorship Gosar and remove him from his assignments in the Supervision and Natural Resources committees. The censorship option is extremely rare – it was last used to punish Rep. Charlie rangelCharles (Charlie) Bernard Rangel House to vote Wednesday to censor Gosar and remove him from committees Gosar faces increasing odds of being censored on the floor of the New York House of Representatives suffers the latest mistake from a broken election agency MORE (DN.Y.) in 2010, and represents the last worst punishment available to House leaders before a member is ousted.

Stripping members of committee assignments is slightly more common; Democrats have already voted this year to remove the representative. 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.) From his positions on the Education and Budget committees for a series of racist and violent statements he had posted on social media.

Gosar has come under intense scrutiny since last week, when he tweeted an animated video depicting himself and other Republicans as heroic warriors fighting Democrats, interspersed with images of migrants arriving at the southern border of the United States. United.

The video features characters from a Japanese-style anime series, their faces replaced with images of Gosar and two other conservative brand names, Representatives Lauren Boehbert (R-Colo.) And Greene, who leapt across the screen with various weapons. In one scene, Gosar’s character executes another character, manipulated to represent the representative. 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.), hitting her on the back of the neck with a sword.

In another, Gosar confronts Biden head-on with two drawn swords.

While promoting the video to his Twitter followers, Gosar asked, “Any anime fans?”

Gosar has since removed the video from his Twitter account, but declined to apologize, saying the video was simply a “symbolic cartoon” designed to highlight Democrats’ immigration policies.

Republican leaders have also declined to comment on Gosar’s violent video. His criticism in recent weeks has focused instead on the 13 Republican lawmakers who joined Democrats earlier this month to pass a $ 1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which Biden signed into law on Monday. Although the infrastructure is very popular with voters, and the legislation was bipartisan and had the support of the Senate Minority Leader. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnell Yellen warns that the US could default shortly after December 15. Democrats face restrictions on Biden’s spending bill. (R-Ky.) – fervently opposed by ex President TrumpDonald Trump Biden sends 2016 climate treaty to Senate for ratification US and China ease restrictions on journalists Americans continue to spend MORE, prompting House Republicans to oppose it overwhelmingly.

Pelosi on Wednesday criticized Republican leaders for refusing to address Gosar’s actions internally, as they had in 2019 with the Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold King The Republican Party fights for Trump on the eve of the first January 6 hearing that Pence will visit Iowa to headline the event for Congressman Steve King’s former challenger on rural voters in Republican states: ‘They hate the Democrats’ MORE (R-Iowa), who had championed white supremacy.

“It is outrageous of the Republican leadership not to act on it,” Pelosi said.

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