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House censures Rep. Gosar for violent video in rare rebuke

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar(MGN)
Published: Nov. 17, 2021 at 4:33 PM CST
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WASHINGTON (AP) --The House has voted to censure Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona for posting an animated video that depicted him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword.

It was an extraordinary rebuke on Wednesday that highlighted the political strains testing Washington and the country.

The resolution will also remove Gosar from his two House committees: Natural Resources and the Oversight and Reform panel on which Ocasio-Cortez also serves.

Democratic lawmakers said Gosar’s actions amounted to threatening another member’s life. Gosar said, “I do not espouse violence toward anyone. I never have.”

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