House censures GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, strips committee assignments over anime video of attack on AOC

Two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, voted for the resolution, and Rep. David Joyce, R-Ohio voted “present.”

“People look up to us. They take our lead. So, when a member posts a video of himself killing a colleague, that’s obviously going to have an impact on the way people approach their politics. So, we cannot dismiss Rep. Gosar’s violent fantasies as a joke,” Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, D-Pa., said in House debate on the matter. “In this decade, in this America, someone’s going to take him seriously.”

The censure of Gosar marks the 24th time in House history the chamber censured one of its members. It is the first time the House has censured a member since 2010 when it censured Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., for ethics violations relating to campaign fundraising. Before that, two members were censured for sexual misconduct with a House page in 1983.  

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice on July 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., speaks during a news conference outside the U.S. Department of Justice on July 27, 2021 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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