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A group of House Democrats plan to push for a resolution censoring Representative Paul Gosar on Friday after tweeting an animated video showing violence against Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Biden.
“For a congressman to post a manipulated video on his social media accounts depicting himself killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear case of censorship,” the group said. of Democrats, led by Representatives Ayanna Pressley, D -Mass., and Jackie Speier, D-Calif., said.
“For this member, posting such a video on his official Instagram account and using his official Congressional resources in the House of Representatives to escalate violence against elected officials goes beyond pallor,” added the group regarding Gosar, R -Ariz.
Gosar shared the video in question earlier this week before deleting it. The bombastic conservative said in a statement that the video was a “symbolic cartoon” on immigration policy.
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“I do not espouse violence or evil towards any member of Congress or Mr. Biden,” Gosar said. “The video portrays the fight that unfolds next week on the floor of the House and symbolizes the battle for America’s soul when Congress grabs the massive $ 4 trillion spending bill. Mr. Biden’s dollars which includes amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already in our country and was not intended to represent any harm or violence against anyone depicted in the anime. “
He added: “The cartoon portrays the symbolic nature of a battle between legal and illegal policies and is in no way intended to be a targeted attack on Representative Cortez or Mr. Biden. symbolic caricature. This is not real life. “
Gosar’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday morning on the Democratic members’ intention to bring a censure resolution against him.
Representatives Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., Brenda Lawrence, D-Mich., Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., Join Speier and Pressley in supporting the resolution. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., Eric Swalwell, D-California, and Nikema Williams, D-Ga.
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Members said they plan to present the resolution on Friday, when the House meets for a pro forma session. The chamber won’t be back for legislative business until next week, which is as early as possible for a vote on the resolution.
Next week, House Democrats will also tackle efforts to pass their massive reconciliation spending bill, which they likely won’t score at the Congressional Budget Office.
Jessica Chasmar of Fox News contributed to this report.