WASHINGTON, D.C. – MAY 12: Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) attends a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing titled The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions, on Capitol Hill on May 12, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:54 PM PT – Wednesday, November 17, 2021
The House passed a vote to censure and remove GOP Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) from his committees after posting a meme video depicting him fighting various members of Congress as cartoon characters.
In a 223-207 vote, the House passed the resolution on Wednesday, with only two Republicans voting in favor. Gosar is the first sitting House member to be censured in over a decade and will now be stripped from his committee assignments.
In a meeting on Tuesday, Gosar apologized for posting the video and clarified he wasn’t advocating for violence. Meanwhile, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was quick to point out the left’s hypocrisy when New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D) posted a tweet regarding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
“A week ago, ‘lock up Kyle Rottenhouse and throw away the key’, in an attempt to sway an ongoing trial, the Democrats said nothing. Why? Rules for thee, but not for me,” McCarthy pointed out.
McCarthy further defended the Arizona representative, saying his actions did not merit the punishment he received.