Expel Paul Gosar From Congress

The release of an altered anime video by Arizona Republican MP Paul Gosar, showing him killing a colleague, New York Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, should be the last straw for the most dangerous delusional member of the US House of Representatives .

As Representative Ilhan Omara (D-Minn.) Said after Gosar shared the video and then mocked those who criticized him for it, “This man should not serve in Congress.” Omar is right. So is California Democrat Ted Lieuwho noted, “If a coworker in any workplace in America makes an anime video that kills another worker, that person will be fired.”

Even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the California Democrat, who weighs her words carefully when it comes to sanctioning members of the Chamber, said: “Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated.”

Pelosi has asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) To join her in “condemning this horrific video and” [in calling] in the ethics committee and law enforcement agencies to start an investigation. ”

McCarthy was silent.

Ocasio-Cortez predicts that Gosar “have no consequences ”because McCarthy“ cheers him on with excuses ”- and because institutions fail to protect women of color.

This is not a cynical take on the problem with Republican extremism in the House of Representatives. That’s realism.

Under McCarthy, the House of Representatives’ Republican caucus became a breeding ground for hatred and violent threats.

The caucus that kicked Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney from a leadership position after daring to break democratic norms following the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol by white supremacist supporters of defeated former President Donald Trump on the 6th and more dangerous than Trump .

While Republicans like Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Representative Matt Gaetz get the most attention, they have plenty of company in the roster, whose behavior was aptly described by Ocasio-Cortez when they used the word “creepy.” “used.

Gosar, who voted for the 2020 presidential election results to be overturned immediately after the Capitol was shaken by the violent uprising, is arguably the most militant conservative in the chamber. He defended the January 6 rioters louder than any of his colleagues. He claims that Ashli ​​Babbitt, a QAnon supporter, was killed by the Capitol Police when she and a lot of rioters broken glass and tried to enter the Capitol speaker lobby was “executed“By authorities. Babbitt, he says, was a “veteran wrapped in an American flag”. Her death, he claims, was murder.

Gosar even voted against Congressional gold medals awarded to Capitol Police officers who protected House and Senate members and reassured that the January 6th presidential election results could be confirmed.

Recently, Gosar has attacked the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6th events. asserting, “The DOJ is harassing peaceful patriots across the country.” He says reports of the violence that day were false, arguing that “open propaganda and lies are used to unleash the national security state against law-abiding US citizens, particularly Trump voters.”

Despite repeated complaints from colleagues and voters of the Arizonan, such as Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) 0 observed“Representative Gosar has not posted a statement on his public platforms denouncing the rioters or apologizing for his previous statements or his role in inciting violence.”

Gosar is not a newcomer to extremism. He has a history of dealing with white racists, and white nationalists Neo-Nazias the Arizona media detailed. When the congressman launched a bizarre social media attack on a Jewish reporter, Arizona Republic columnist marked the ugly statement by the congressman as “ugly, out of joint and ultimately anti-Semitic talk”.

Gosar is so absurd that members of his own family have called out to him Exclusion from the house. His brother Dave, a Wyoming lawyer, said in June: “I consider him a traitor to this country. ”

Another brother, Tim Gosar of Fort Collins, Colorado, stated: “He has set a dangerous precedent in the 10 years he has served. When you talk about what happened the other day, you are talking about treason. You talk about overthrowing the government. That’s it. If that doesn’t lead to expulsion, what then? ”

That’s a good question. There is unlikely to be an honest answer from the Republican leaders in the House of Representatives.

Activist groups, however, are calling for accountability, especially after the attack on Ocasio-Cortez. “At any other workplace, a person would be fired immediately for sharing content that threatened violence and murdered a colleague. There should be no difference in Congress “, called Bridget Todd, Director of Communications for Gender Justice Group UltraViolet. “The tweets from MP Gosars depicting the murder of MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the violence against President Biden are appalling.”

The organization called for “the case against Gosar to be removed from Congress immediately”.

That is the appropriate and necessary response because, as representative, Omar says, “Fantasies about violent attacks on your colleagues have no place in our political discourse and in our society.”


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