Two Republican legislators were the only ones to join. DemocratsIn a vote of censure Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday, ABC News’ Jonathan KarlReports indicate that the top RepublicansThere were many different views on the far-right Congressman.
“The way Republicans would talk about Gosar privately is entirely different from what you saw ― the spectacle today of coming in and effectively defending him,” Karl told Anderson Cooper on CNN. “They say he’s lost it … I’ve had top Republicans tell me about Gosar specifically before this episode, you know, ‘He’s not all there.’”
Karl suggested that there might be more Republicans willing to vote for the resolution, if Gosar had been stripped of his assigned committee duties.
“I would have loved to have seen a vote that didn’t strip the committee assignments just to see how many Republicans would have refused to actually simply condemn his words,” Karl said.
He said Republicans have “a real fear” of being challenged in party primary elections for speaking out.
(You can view the clip of Karl’s appearance on CNN at Mediaite.)
Lindy Li, a Democratic political commentator, tweeted that “telling the truth behind closed doors is not enough.”
“No one cares what you say privately when you are too cowardly to tell the country the truth,” she wrote.
In the end, the House passed vote, mostly along party linesWith Reps. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). Adam Kinzinger (R.Ill.), join Democrats in censering Gosar posting an edited anime video that depicted him slashing the neck of an enemy with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s face superimposed on it, and then Gosar attacking President Joe Biden.
Kevin McCarthy, Republican House Leader in California (Calif.), did not condemn Gosar’s actions. Instead they warned Democrats that their precedent would be censures or losses to committees should the GOP win a majority of the House during the midterm elections 2022.