Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger signal support for censuring Rep. Gosar over violent anime video

Representatives Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) have stated that they will vote to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) over his sharing an anime video of him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

Earlier this week, Gosar shared a photoshopped anime video depicting himself attempting to kill Ocasio-Cortez. Cheney and Kinzinger, who have become unpopular among a lot of Republicans for their defiance and independent stances, have indicated they will likely vote to censure Gosar over the video. The censure has received increasing support from Democrats, who have condemned Gosar for promoting violence.

In a recent interview, Cheney told the Associated Press that she was planning to vote to censure Gosar. “It’s a real symbol of his lack of strength, the lack of leadership in our conference right now, and the extent to which he and other leaders seem to have lost their moral compass,” she said. She also criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) for his silence on the issue.

Kenzinger has not fully committed to voting ‘yes’ on the censure, saying he wants to see what will be included in it. On Thursday, he spoke on CNN’s “The Situation Room” with Wolf Blitzer, where he talked about the censure and that he would most likely back it.

He elaborated, “I don’t care if it’s a Republican or a Democrat, we cannot in this country, Wolf, get to a point where using anime even, which is creepy in and of itself, but using anime or regular videos or deep fakes or even just tweeted threats against a sitting member of Congress can be acceptable. It is never acceptable. It can’t be acceptable. And so I think barring any egregious language in a resolution to censure, I would intend to vote yes,” 

Usually politicians are unlikely to move to censure members of their own party. However, Cheney and Kinzinger have been critical of the GOP and its seemingly concrete ties to former President Donald Trump. In fact, Cheney voted to impeach him earlier this year, resulting in her removal as the number three GOP House member. Both were appointed to the Select Committee to investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol. 




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