House Dems Demand McCarthy Take Action Against Gosar After Tweet Depicting Violence

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) walks down the House steps on April 18, 2018. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) joined several members of her caucus in calling for Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to take action against Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) following the GOP congressman’s tweet depicting violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and President Biden.

On Sunday, Gosar tweeted an anime-themed video that depicts a cartoon warrior with his face photoshopped onto it killing Ocasio-Cortez and attacking Biden with swords. Twitter users swiftly demanded the social media giant suspend Gosar’s account, and Twitter soon flagged the tweet as a violation of the platform’s hateful conduct policy.

Ocasio-Cortez also hit back at Gosar on Monday night, tweeting that the GOP congressman is “just a collection of wet toothpicks” who espouses “white supremacy” because “deep down he knows he couldn’t open a pickle jar or read a whole book by himself.”

Other House Democrats, including Pelosi, on Tuesday joined in on demanding McCarthy hold Gosar accountable for his incendiary tweet.

According to CNN, Reps. Joe Neguse (D-CO) and Matt Cartwright (D-PA) joined Dingell and Lieu in a statement calling on McCarthy to take action against Gosar.

It is unclear whether McCarthy will response to Democrats’ demand. TPM reached out to McCarthy’s office for comment.

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  1. Avatar for cf2k cf2k says:

    Censure would be a good start.

  2. Avatar for revjim revjim says:

    Censure should be a given. This should be reason enough for expulsion since it was sent from his official site. If I had done something similar using my work account I’d have been escorted from the building with no return possible.

  3. McCarthy: “Let’s see … what kind of award or honor can I bestow?”

    “And how can we get Gosar’s family to shut up?”

  4. Remind me of that time a censure had any impact at all, ever. I mean, ok, it pulls everybody out of their committee work (including the jan 6 select committee) for a pointless gesture floor vote, so that’s an impact, I guess, but has there ever been an instance of a critter losing their next election due to a censure? It’s the ultimate empty gesture when noisy people demand that congress “do something”.

  5. With regard to Bad Faith, McCarthy tops McConnell.

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