Gosar seeks to explain himself to GOP colleagues as facing reprimand for violent AOC video

  • Rep. Gosar sought to explain himself in a meeting with his GOP colleagues in the House on Tuesday.
  • Gosar tried to explain the meaning of the video and apparently did not see it until it was posted.
  • The House Democrats plan to punish Gosar for the video, but have not yet decided how.

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Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar tried to explain himself to his colleagues in a closed-house GOP conference meeting Tuesday morning, allegedly telling the venue that he did not “believe in violence against any member” after posting a video, who portrayed him who killed Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Dozens of House Democrats back a decision to criticize the Arizona Republican for the video, while other reports say the Democratic leadership is considering depriving Gosar of his committee duties and placing him in similar company as rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

According to several journalists with sources in the room, Gosar stood up in front of his colleagues and tried to explain the video. “I do not believe in violence against any member,” he said reportedly said. He also said his office posted the video to try to reach a younger audience, and he did not see it until it was posted.

According to CNN, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy told reporters that Gosar’s explanation was well received by the conference, which appears to be more keen to punish GOP members who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure law signed by President Joe Biden on Monday. .

“He did not see it until it was published. It was not his intention to show any harm,” McCarthy said. “What I said at the conference was, [we] cannot accept any act or show of violence against another member. “

House Republican whip Steve Scalise, who himself was a victim of political violence in 2017, also appeared to support Gosar.

“He issued a statement and he took the video down,” Scalise told CNN. “And look, I’ve been very loud against any kind of political violence. And you see it on both sides over the last couple of years. Unfortunately, you don’t see the Democrats having an interest in calling it out on both sides. “

At a news conference Tuesday, Democratic Caucus President Hakeem Jeffries declined to say what concrete measures would be taken against Gosar, but told reporters he “must be held accountable and he will be held accountable.”

On November 8, Gosar posted an edited clip of a scene from the “Attack on Titan” anime titled “Attack on Immigrants”, which depicted a character with Gosar’s face edited on it, killing a giant superimposed on Ocasio-Cortez’s face . Earlier this year, Gosar was also investigated for speaking at a white nationalist conference and skipped a vote on a COVID-19 relief law to attend.

Rep. Gosar later issued a lengthy statement in response to the “gross misrepresentation of a short anime video produced by his office,” in which he clarified that the video “really is a symbolic representation of a struggle over immigration policy.”

But the same day, Rep. Gosar also a meme that made fun of his critics.

Gosar’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

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