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AZ Rep. Gosar faces formal censure vote after anime ‘Attack on Biden’ video

15:20, 17 November 2021
AZ Rep. Gosar faces formal censure vote after anime ‘Attack on Biden’ video Photo: Bill Clark/Consolidated News Photos/Global Look Press

The House of Representatives is to vote on Wednesday to decide whether the congressman from Arizona should be punished for the anime video depicting a character with his face attack with swords US President Joe Biden and lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Republican lawmaker Paul Gosar is facing a possibility to be removed from the Committee on Oversight and Reform, as well as the House Committee on Natural Resources.

The Democrat-controlled House is expected to vote on Wednesday on whether to impose a formal censure on the Arizona congressman.

The measures have been taken after Gosar uploaded on his Twitter and Instagram accounts an anime video of him assaulting President Joe Biden and NY Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC). The video is an edited opening of the first season of the popular anime series “Attack on Titans”.

In the video, Gosar’s face is laid on that of the main character Eren Yeager whose aim is to exterminate the Titans represented as AOC and Biden. Scenes of Gosar’s character hitting that of AOC on the neck with swords and lunging at the POTUS are interspersed with action footage taken at the US-Mexico border.

Gosar later deleted the video from his accounts but did not apologize stating that the clip did not mean to incite violence but was only a symbolic cartoon.

“The cartoon depicts the symbolic nature of a battle between lawful and unlawful policies and in no way intended to be a targeted attack against Representative Cortez or Mr. Biden. It is not real life,” the lawmaker earlier said in a statement.

Still, he refused to give comments when the vote was announced.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has announced that he called Gosar after his tweet. According to the California Representative, Gosar explained his actions at the closed-door GOP meeting and it was favorably accepted by the attenders. Neither McCarthy nor other republicans criticized the Arizona congressman in public.

"He took the video down and he made a statement that he doesn't support violence against anybody. Nobody should have violence,” the Minority leader said.

A censure resolution is the toughest punishment applied by the House of Representatives which requires the offender to stand in the well of the House while the resolution is read out loud. The last case dates back to 2010 when NY Democrat Charlie Rangel was accused of ethics violations.