Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), shortly after being censured by the Home for posting an anime video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), retweeted a publish with the video on Thursday earlier than apparently unretweeting it.
The Associated Press, the New York Times and multiple Twitter observers famous that on Thursday night, Gosar retweeted a publish from a right-wing commentator on the Blaze that captioned the video “Very well carried out. We love @DrPaulGosar, don’t we of us?”
The retweet was deleted from the GOP lawmaker’s feed after a few hours, per receipts offered by ProPublica.
Gosar’s repost got here after he had defended himself throughout the censure vote by mentioning that he had deleted the video “out of compassion for individuals who genuinely felt offense.”
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“I voluntarily took the cartoon down not as a result of it was itself a risk, however as a result of some thought it was,” the far-right congressman mentioned in his prepared remarks on the Home flooring. At no level throughout the speech did he apologize for the video.
Home Chief Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who refused to deal with the video for greater than every week after Gosar had posted it, additionally defended the Arizona Republican on the premise that he had eliminated the publish.
“I don’t condone violence, and Rep. Gosar had echoed that sentiment,” the GOP chief said throughout a flooring speech earlier than the censure vote. “The video was deleted, however Democrats gained’t pay attention as a result of they are going to do something to distract from the failures of one-party rule in a single yr destroying a nation.”
The censure handed nearly solely on social gathering strains. All Democrats voted “sure” and have been joined by solely solely two Republicans: Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). One Republican, Rep. David Joyce (R-OH), voted “current.”
On account of the censure, Gosar has been faraway from his two committee assignments on the Home Pure Sources committee and the Oversight committee, on which Ocasio-Cortez additionally sits.