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The House voted almost entirely along party lines on Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R‑Ariz.) and take away his committee seats for posting an anime video.


Two Republicans, Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger joined all Democrats as the House voted 223–207, with Rep. David Joyce (R‑Ohio) voting ‘present.

In an extraordinary scene, Gosar was forced to stand in the center of the House floor as Nancy Pelosi read aloud the resolution that made him just the 24th lawmaker in the chamber’s more than 200-year history to be censured.

Gosar will also be removed from the House Oversight and Reform Committee, where he has served with Ocasio-Cortez, as well as the House Natural Resources Committee.

Ocasio-Cortez urged her colleagues in an impassioned House floor speech ahead of the vote to make clear that they won’t tolerate any lawmaker promoting depictions of political violence. “What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about Rep. Gosar. But this is about what we are willing to accept,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Gosar rose on the House floor to defend the video and argued it “directly contributes to the understanding and the discussion of the real-life battle resulting from this administration’s open-border policies.”

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