In a declaration, lawmakers, led by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Calif.), co-chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus, said it was a “clear case for censorship” and that it was “over the edge” for Gosar to use its official Congressional resources for further violence against elected officials.
“As the events of January 6 have shown, such vicious and vulgar messages can foment and foment real violence,” the joint statement said.
Violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon intended to silence women and discourage them from seeking positions of authority and participating in public life, with women of color disproportionately affected. Minority leader [Kevin] McCarthy’s silence is tacit approval and just as dangerous. “
Members said they intend to table the resolution on Friday.
Gosar, who has been linked to planning the January 6 uprising at the United States Capitol, tweeted the video on Sunday, causing condemnation from colleagues, the public and the White House this week.
It has since been removed from Twitter. Tuesday, Gosar issued a statement defending his actions, calling the backlash a “gross mischaracterization” of the clip and arguing that “It’s a symbolic cartoon. It’s not real life.”
He said he does not intend to espouse violence and represents “a symbolic portrait of a struggle over immigration policy”.
Despite the pressure to act, McCarthy remained silent. The minority leader has resisted calls to convict Gosar in the past for its links with white nationalists.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) Has proposed an investigation by the House Ethics Committee and federal law enforcement.