Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyGOP’s moral postmodernism Trump knocks Cheney down after New Hampshire remarks Subpoenas show panel focus on Jan. 6 on Trump’s plans MORE (Wyo.) And Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP’s moral postmodernism GOP centrists come under increased attack from own party Kinzinger says he considered firing on January 6 MORE (Ill.) Expresses support for censoring their fellow Republican rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony Gosar Nicole Wallace criticizes “poisonous stew of complaint” pushed in conservative media GOP’s moral postmodernism House Democrats to introduce resolution calling for Gosar censorship MORE (Ariz.) For posting a photoshopped anime video this week depicting himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-Cortez Nicole Wallace strikes at ‘toxic pot of complaint’ pushed into conservative media ‘Awakened’ discussion smolder for Democrats The GOP’s moral postmodernism MORE (DN.Y.).
Cheney and Kinzinger have often criticized their own party over its continued ties to the past President TrumpDonald Trump Jan. 6 panel demands Meadows testify Friday or risk contempt Defense and national security – Biden marks Veterans Day Trump supports Texas representative who said he “very well may have” committed unpunished offenses MORE, but it is nonetheless extraordinarily rare for lawmakers to back criticism of members of their own party.
A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Jackie SpeierKaren (Jackie) Lorraine Jacqueline SpeierIt’s time to revise the outdated and unbalanced military justice system The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Rising prices undermine the Biden agenda The White House to host lawmakers as agenda negotiations hit critical phase MORE (D-Calif.), Formally introduced a decision on Friday to criticize Gosar over the video, which the Arizona Republican defended as a “symbolic” fight over immigration, but which appeared to remove it from Twitter after the outbreak of the war.
The support of two Republicans adds more credibility to Democrats’ efforts to invoke one of Parliament’s harshest punishments against one of its own members. Democratic leaders have previously refused to go ahead with other efforts to criticize Republicans – including Gosar – for promoting Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election or downplaying the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
Cheney said in an interview with The Associated Press published Friday that Gosar should be censored “for his continued unscrupulous activities.”
She also criticized the House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyNicolle Wallace slams “poisonous stew of complaint” pushed into conservative media. GOP’s moral postmodernism McConnell wins, Biden loses, Trump shakes MORE (R-Calif.) For his continued public silence on Gosar as well as on the attacks of the far right on the 13 House Republicans who voted for the two-party infrastructure bill.
“It’s a real symbol of his lack of strength, the lack of leadership in our conference right now, and the extent to which he and other leaders seem to have lost their moral compass,” Cheney said. “In a moment where you have a declared white nationalist in Rep. Gosar, who has posted a video advocating the killing of another member, the idea that our leader will not oppose it, but that he on one or otherwise going after and allowing attacks on 13 members who behave in a serious and substantive manner is truly outrageous. “
Kinzinger, meanwhile, said on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer on Thursday that he would probably also support the no-confidence vote decision.
“My lean would be yes. I have to see what the resolution says,” Kinzinger said.
“But look, I do not care if it’s a Republican or a Democrat, we can not in this country, Wolf, get to a point where you use anime at all, which is creepy in itself, but by using anime or regular videos or deep forgeries or even just tweeted threats against a sitting member of Congress may be acceptable.It’s never acceptable.It can not be acceptable.And so I think that if I exclude any creepy language in a decision on to criticize, I would intend to vote yes, “Kinzinger added.
Neither Cheney nor Kinzinger has supported any of the previous resolutions the Democrats have introduced this year to criticize other Republicans, making it the first time they have supported such an effort against a member of their own party.
Since January, Democrats have also introduced resolutions to criticize reps. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertGohmert is considering running for the Texas AG GOP Rep. Clyde collects 500 in mesh fines. (Texas), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson Brooks Summons Shows January 6 Panel Focus on Trump’s Plans Senate GOP Campaign Leader Dodgers When Asked If Parnell Is the Right Candidate for the Job Summons is a Real Concern for Lawmakers Facing January 6 Questions MORE (Ala.), Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s efforts to downplay the danger of Capitol riots rise The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet with Trump ‘soon’ in Florida MORE (Ga.), Andrew Clyde (Ga.), Jody I didJody Brownlow HiceRaffensperger: Trump’s request to ‘find’ votes was a threat, Georgia’s Secretary of State: Trump ‘had no idea how elections work’ Raffensperger calls for a two-part federal election reform commission MORE (Ga.) And Gosar.
Before Speier and others moved to criticize Gosar over the anime video, Rep. David CicillineDavid Cicilline Move consciously and rebuild American tech leadership. The Small Business Coalition urges the FTC to enforce White House antitrust laws to host lawmakers, as negotiations on the agenda hit critical phase MORE (DR.I.) introduced a resolution in May to criticize Gosar for defending Ashli Babbitt, a troublemaker who was fatally shot outside the house’s chamber on January 6, as a “veteran wrapped in an American flag” , who was “executed.
Only 23 lawmakers have been censored in the history of the House. The most recent member to be censored was former Representative Charles Rangel (DN.Y.) in 2010 for a series of ethical violations, which included non-payment of taxes on his vacation home and misuse of official letterhead for fundraising.