US Congress punishes lawmaker over violent clip

The US House of Representatives has voted to punish a Republican lawmaker who tweeted a cartoon depicting him attacking Democrats with swords.


The Democratic-controlled Congress voted 223-207 to censure Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and remove him from his committee roles.

It came after he posted then deleted an anime video that Democrats say promoted violence against President Joe Biden and lawmaker Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

He has called it a "symbolic cartoon".


It comes just 10 months after supporters of Republican President Donald Trump stormed Congress in an attempt to block the certification of Mr Biden's election victory.

The vote largely fell along party lines, with only two Republicans voting to censure Mr Gosar.


Ahead of the vote, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said that "this is about workplace harassment and violence against women."

"Yet, the member has never apologised for his actions. 'It's a cartoon, relax,' he said. Really?," Pelosi said.


Mr Gosar, for his part, said he rejects "the false narrative" that he espouses violence and said the video depicts "a policy battle".

Earlier this year Democrats stripped another Republican lawmaker, Marjorie Taylor Greene, of committee assignments for past remarks that included support for violence against Democrats.

Conservatives accused them of hypocrisy for taking no punitive action against a Democratic lawmaker, Ilhan Omar, who made remarks that were construed as anti-Semitic.


Source: BBC

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