The vote came after Gosar posted a photoshopped anime video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him appearing to kill Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York and attacking President Joe Biden. Gosar then removed the video after being criticized, but did not apologize.
The action by House Democrats represents a major rebuke to the Arizona Republican while also highlighting the rift between Cheney of Wyoming and Kinzinger of Illinois and their GOP colleagues. The couple sit on the House select committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol, and both lawmakers have voted to impeach former President Donald Trump for “incitement to insurgency.” as a result of the attack.
“The glorification of the suggestion of the murder of a colleague is totally unacceptable. And I think this is a blatant violation of the rules of the House. I think it’s a sad day, ”Cheney told reporters as they left the House floor on Wednesday. “But I think it’s really important for us to be very clear that violence has no place in our political discourse. “
Republican Representatives Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and Morgan Griffith of Virginia did not vote.
Ahead of the action on Wednesday, Gosar declined to answer any questions on his tweet of the violent video, walking in silence. He wouldn’t say if he regretted it or explain the claim he made internally that he didn’t see the violent episode in the video before he tweeted it.
CNN’s Annie Grayer contributed to this report.