Paul Gosar Punished by House After Violent Video

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar was punished by his colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday stripping him of his committee assignments after a viral anime video of him murdering vocal Democrats was posted on Twitter several days ago.

The House voted in favor of a resolution to remove him from the Committee on Oversight and Reform and the House Committee on Natural Resources which divided along party lines. Legislative committees are powerful locaiongs that permit representatives to influence policy.

The 92-second-long clip was photoshopped with Rep. Gosar’s confront showing him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and then attacking President Joe Biden.

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A handwritten sign about Rep. Paul Gosar seen in Phoenix.

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The video clip showed scenes from the popular anime series Attack on Titan where Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is the monster in the film.

It was an anti-immigration concept that included footage of migrants crossing the border between the U.S. and Mexico alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in helicopters with surveillance devices.

The video was taken down by Gosar’s staff.

“I do not espouse violence towards anyone, I never have,” said Rep. Gosar on the house floor before the vote.

He described the video as a cartoon displaying a ‘policy battle’ about immigration policy and that it was meant to connect with a younger audience. He likened himself to Alexander Hamilton as another politician whose speech was censored.

“No threat was intended by my staff or me,” he said.

Democrats chastised the Republican for his actions, noting that it was reminiscent of the rioters who broke into the Capitol in January and that he’s just fueling the far-right.

“We cannot allow behavior like Rep. Gosar’s to go unchecked — his violent and conspiratorial rhetoric contributed to the insurrection on January 6,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego. “His behavior is a danger to Arizonans and our country.”

Meanwhile, a fellow Republican in Florida praised the politician.

“Proud to stand strong with Rep. Gosar — one of the best members in the history of Congress,” said Rep. Anthony Sabatini on Twitter. “Although the sick and twisted Left will do at any rate it takes to take this man down — the American people are on his side!”

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