Rep Liz Cheney (R-WY) is airing Rep Paul Gosar (R-AZ) after far-right Republican posted An anime-style graphic video of him killing Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and attacking President Joe Biden on social media earlier this week.
upward Interview with Associated Press published on Friday, Cheney said Gosar should be censored for “his continuing indefensible activities”.
The Wyoming Republican also targeted House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), his former colleague in the GOP leadership, for refusing to speak out against Gosar after the Arizona lawmaker released the video Monday. .
“At a time when you have an outspoken white nationalist in Rep. Gosar posting a video claiming another member’s killing, the idea that our leader will not oppose this but that he is somehow pursuing and allowing attacks on 13 members who behave in a serious and substantive way is truly outrageous, ”Cheney told the AP.
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Friday, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) announced that she and 60 other Democrats formally tabled a resolution to censor Gosar.
“We cannot continue to normalize violence against POTUS and members of the House,” Speier tweeted.
In addition to describing Gosar’s violent behavior, the three-page resolution criticizes the GOP leadership for remaining completely silent on the matter.
The resolution also cites the Capitol uprising of January 6, arguing that “representations of violence can foment real violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials”. Although the resolution did not refer to it, Gosar was one of three Trump fanatics in Congress who attended the DC rally that preceded the uprising.
Gosar’s video appears to have been deleted. However, the deputy refused to apologize and in fact defended the video, insisting Tuesday was “truly a symbolic portrait of a struggle for immigration policy” and was not meant to marry violence against Ocasio-Cortez or Biden.
Cheney criticized Gosar for his participation in the conference at that time.
“I have been very clear on the extent to which we have to stand up to white supremacists, to anti-Semitism,” she said. “And that shouldn’t be part of our public discourse.”