“Congressman Paul Goser has been a loyal supporter of our America First agenda, and more importantly, the USA. Paul is a Congressman who is highly respected in Arizona, strong on crime, borders, our military, and our veterans,” said former The President said in a statement. “He relentlessly fights for lower taxes, fewer regulations, and our great, but under siege, Second Amendment. Paul Goser has my full and total support!”
Goser’s condemnation on Wednesday represented a major rebuke for the lawmaker, who posted a photoshopped anime video on social media that showed him killing Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. The last vote was 223-207.
Republican Reps. Adam Kizinger of Illinois and Liz Cheney of Wyoming voted, along with all Democrats, for the proposal. Gosar took down the video after facing criticism but did not apologize. And about an hour after he was condemned, Gosar retweeted a tweet praising him that also included the video.
The censure motion is the harshest form of punishment in the House, and alienating committee members deprives them of a powerful platform to influence legislation and voice constituent priorities. The episode underscores and threatens the growing tension and deepening mistrust between Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
Goser has aligned himself closely with Trump – who remains a hugely popular figure in the party – running for re-election in a deeply conservative district.
But while the former president is expected to maintain a spectacular program of campaign rallies to prop up Republicans in next year’s midterm elections, some of his aides and allies have warned that there may be parts of the country where They can now be encouraged to keep their distance.