By Kevin Freking and Lisa Mascaro | Associated Press
WASHINGTON – The House will on Wednesday vote on a decision to criticize the Republican rep. Paul Gosar from Arizona for tweeting an animated video depicting him hitting rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., with a sword.
It says a person familiar with the planning, who was not authorized to discuss it publicly. The person also said the House would vote to remove Gosar from one of his committee duties. The motion of censure vote, as drafted, does not specify this penalty.
Gosar posted the video a week ago with a note saying, “Are there any anime fans out there?” The approximately 90-second long video was an altered version of a Japanese anime clip, mixed with images of border patrol officers and migrants at the southern U.S. border.
Over the course of a section of about 10 seconds, animated characters whose faces had been replaced by Gosar and other Republican reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia and Lauren Boebert from Colorado, shown in battle against other animated characters. In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen beating the one made to look like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck with a sword.
Democratic lawmakers have called the video “beyond the pale” and said it was a “clear case of no-confidence motion.”
Last week, Gosar issued a statement saying the video was not intended to portray harm or violence, and instead called it “a symbolic depiction of a struggle over immigration policy.”
He told his Republican colleagues during a private meeting Tuesday that he would never talk about violence or harm anyone. Gosar noted that he took the video down from his account, according to a person in the room who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting.
Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that he has not apologized to her.
“It’s a good week ago. Not only has he not apologized,” she said. “Not only has he not made any contact or contact, neither he nor Republican leader (Kevin) McCarthy, but he has also doubled by to say that I’m somehow, you know, a representative of undocumented people. “
“In a perfect world, he would be expelled,” she told reporters. “We are not in a perfect world, so a vote of no confidence and removal from the committee I think is appropriate.”
The resolution to be put to the vote states that depictions of violence can incite actual violence and endanger the safety of elected officials. It also cites the January 6 uprising of the Capitol as an example. The resolution goes on to say that violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon that aims to silence them and deter them from seeking authority and participating in public life where women of color are disproportionately affected.
A motion of censure, if approved by a majority of Parliament, requires the censored legislature to stand in Parliament’s well, as the motion of censure is read out in Parliament’s speeches.
The House has censored its members 23 times. The last no-confidence motion was passed in 2010, involving Democratic Representative Charles Rangel, the former chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, for economic dishonesty. Censorship has no practical effect other than to provide a historical footnote marking a legislator’s career.
Associated Press staff writer Alan Fram contributed to this report.