Paul Gosar Censured For Violent Anime Video Targeting Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) and to strip him of his committee seats after he posted an anime video depicting him killing Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and threatening President Joe Biden.

The vote handed largely alongside get together traces, with solely two Republicans — Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), who’s retiring — seeing it essential to condemn Gosar for sharing a video that depicted him slicing the throat of one in every of their Democratic colleagues.

A censure is a proper condemnation and some of the extreme types of self-discipline a member of the House can face, second solely to expulsion. It is uncommon, and was final utilized in 2010 towards former Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) over ethics violations.

The censure decision towards Gosar — launched by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) and over a dozen different Democratic members of the House — states that “depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials, as witnessed in this chamber on January 6, 2021,” a reference to the assault on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. (Ocasio-Cortez was a major goal of the rioters, and hid in a rest room throughout the assault, an expertise she later recalled in terrifying element.)

The decision additionally states that “violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, with women of color disproportionately impacted.”

The House additionally stripped Gosar of his seats on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform — on which Ocasio-Cortez additionally serves — and the House Committee on Natural Resources.

Gosar posted the 90-second video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Nov. 7. The clip featured Gosar’s likeness edited into scenes from the anime collection “Attack on Titan.” The video exhibits Gosar because the collection’ protagonist slitting the throat of a monster with the face of Ocasio-Cortez, and brandishing a sword at one other monster with the face of Biden.

“Any anime fans out there?” Gosar tweeted together with the video.

Ocasio-Cortez spoke on the House flooring forward of the censure vote on Wednesday, lashing out at Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Cali.) for not condemning Gosar’s actions.

“It is a sad day in which a member who leads a political party in the United States of America cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of Congress is wrong and instead decides to venture off into a tangent about gas prices and inflation,” Ocasio-Cortez stated, referring to a speech McCarthy gave on the House flooring earlier than her. “What is so hard? What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?”

“This is not about me,” the congresswoman added. “This is not about representative Gosar. But this is about what we are willing to accept.”

Gosar additionally spoke on the House flooring forward of the vote, refusing to apologize for the video, claiming it didn’t represent a name to violence.

“There is not threat in the cartoon, other than the threat immigration poses to this country,” Gosar stated, referring to parts of the anime video depicting immigrants on the southern border.

Gosar famous that he deleted the posts — or “self-censored,” as he put it — when it appeared that they offended folks.

“No matter how the left tries to quiet me I will speak out against amnesty for illegal aliens,” Gosar stated.