Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s supporters called for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to vote on censuring Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, who the lawmaker has been accused of mocking during a recent bar appearance by simulating the death of the Democratic Congresswoman. Gosar apparently performed the move while observing Ocasio-Cortez at a Men’s Wearhouse event in January. The lawmaker has since apologized.
On Tuesday, the House voted 203-185 to censure Gosar, leading to a standing ovation from both members of Congress and Democratic leadership, according to The Hill. Ocasio-Cortez was not present to witness the vote and several of her supporters, who wrote on their Facebook pages that they were proud of Ocasio-Cortez, shared images of her from the bar while the incident was still an issue.
When the viral video of Gosar’s stunt emerged, Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to call for McCarthy to stop playing politics and reprimand Gosar.
Who does this Paul Gosar guy think he is, & what is he thinking? As a Republican who cares deeply about his country, I’m proud to stand with @AOC #TheFutureIsFemale https://t.co/YO4c4fa9JO — Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 15, 2019
McCarthy, however, said it was now a time for lawmakers to start solving the problems that they had caused, according to Fox News.
“I’m all about the middle class,” McCarthy said. “Middle class is my number one priority. That’s what I’m focused on. It’s been my number one focus for my entire career in politics. We’re not here to punish anybody.”
Despite McCarthy’s efforts, Gosar didn’t heed his call.
“I think there’s something a little strange in the way the majority leader acted in accepting my apology,” he said. “I never raised my voice to her, I never spat at her. I never threatened anybody. I was there for five minutes.”
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