There was a time when certain rules of decency existed in the United States Congress. There were bad congressmen and congresswomen who created and supported terrible policy, but rules of decorum were generally followed and there were consequences when the rules were broken.
Enter a twice-impeached ex-president who never won the popular vote and everything in Washington, D.C. is uglier, meaner, and ignored by the GOP who supported him. They supported him when he spent his days in office tweeting out childish insults against his opponents, making up schoolyard bully nicknames for them. They supported him when he made disgusting sexual innuendos about members of Congress. They supported him when he laughed about comments that included threats of physical violence against people he didn’t like.
Even after all of that, they still support him.
A group of House Democrats say they plan to introduce a resolution to censure Rep. Gosar for posting an edited animated video that depicts him killing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden. https://t.co/XYokmor5ct
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 11, 2021
Following in his wake are members of Congress like Lauren Boebert (R-FL), who bullies children on YouTube, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who waits until cameras are pointed at her colleagues to start shouting at them, or Trump supporters, who stormed the Capitol Building with zip ties and a gallows pole.
Now, it’s Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who tweeted an anime video of himself “slaying” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. Democrats plan to censure him for what many see as a threat.
Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) said that:
‘For a Member of Congress to post a manipulated video on his social media accounts depicting himself killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Biden is a clear cut case for censure. For that Member to post such a video on his official Instagram account and use his official congressional resources in the House of Representatives to further violence against elected officials goes beyond the pale.’
Twitter had a big reaction to the news, with some expressing their approval of the move and some saying that censure is not enough. Read some of their comments below:
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