House Democrats on Friday introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) for posting a video to his Twitter account that depicts him attacking President Biden and appearing to kill Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Why it matters: Political violence has been a recurring problem for the 117th Congress, which was rocked by the Capitol riot just three days after its members were sworn in and has since faced further attacks, bomb threats and acrimonious encounters between lawmakers.
Driving the news: The resolution was introduced during the House’s pro forma session on Friday, according to Rep. Jackie Speier’s (D-Calif.) office. Speier, who introduced the resolution, is joined by 60 Democratic co-sponsors.
Roll Call reports:
If the resolution is adopted in the House by the required simple majority, Gosar would be forced to stand in the well of the chamber while Speaker Nancy Pelosi reads the resolution. That is the totality of discipline that would accompany this censure effort.
A censure resolution is a privileged question with precedence over all questions — aside from motions to adjourn — and can be called up by the sponsor, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., in this instance, without having to go through the Ethics Committee.
Pelosi has called for a criminal and ethics probe.
The resolution is likely to get bipartisan support.
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) November 12, 2021
Rep. Gosar could become the first House member in a decade to be censured. https://t.co/eaJS4WLg9W
— ABC News (@ABC) November 12, 2021
Gosar posted an animated video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden with swords. https://t.co/tIbWouAbcN
— Roll Call (@rollcall) November 12, 2021