On Wednesday, the chamber voted 223 to 207 to censure Gosar and strip him of his committee assignments.
Just two Republicans voted in favor of the measure. One Republican voted present.
The House votes 223-207-1 in favor of censuring Rep. Gosar and revoking his committee assignments.
Only two Republicans – Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger — joined Dems in voting yes. Rep David Joyce voted present
AOC sitting in the front row of the chamber when vote became final
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On Nov. 8, Gosar shared the controversial video, as IJR reported.
He tweeted, “Any anime fans out there?”
“I called him when I heard about the video, and he made a statement that he doesn’t support violence, and he took the video down.”
However, the network noted McCarthy did “not directly condemn Gosar’s behavior.
Ahead of the vote, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) told CNN, “When someone sends out a tweet or any other illustration of him or her murdering somebody on the House floor. That, to me, goes far beyond the pale. And that person should not even be a member of this body.”
“I think it would have been the right thing to do to move to expel him,” he added.
For his part, Gosar said in a speech on the House floor he did not mean for the video to be a threat and added, “If I must join Alexander Hamilton, the first person attempted to be censured by this House, so be it. It is done.”
McCarthy blasted Democrats for the move ahead of the vote as he said, “Let me be clear. I do not condone violence, and Representative Gosar had echoed that sentiment.”
“The video was deleted, but Democrats won’t listen because they will do anything to distract from the failures of one-party rule in one year destroying a nation,” he claimed.
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) said in a tweet he would support the censure resolution, “We have to hold Members accountable who incite or glorify violence, who spread and perpetuate dangerous conspiracies. The failure to do so will take us one step closer to this fantasized violence becoming real.”
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