AOC rips McCarthy for refusing to condemn Gosar over violent video: ‘What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez speaking into a microphone
Democratic Rep. Alexandria-Cortez speaks during an event at the US Climate Action Center during COP26 on November 9, 2021 in Glasgow, Scotland.
  • AOC criticized McCarthy for refusing to condemn Gosar over the violent video he shared. 
  • McCarthy condemned a move to censure Gosar as the "definition of abuse of power."
  • "What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?" Ocasio-Cortez said.

WASHINGTON, DC — Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Wednesday excoriated House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for defending GOP Rep. Paul Gosar as the lower chamber debated a resolution to censure the Arizona Republican and strip him of his committee assignments. Gosar recently shared a video on Twitter that depicted him as an anime character killing Ocasio-Cortez and attacking President Joe Biden. 

Rather than condemning Gosar over the video, McCarthy said the move to censure him was the "definition of abuse of power." The GOP leader suggested that the censure vote would set a precedent allowing the GOP to kick Democrats off of committees if it regained a majority in the House.

"It means that under the Pelosi precedent, all of the members I have mentioned will need approval of the majority to keep those positions in the future," McCarthy said. 

Ocasio-Cortez said that the censure vote was "not as complex" as McCarthy "would like to make folks believe."

"It's pretty cut and dry … does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable?" she said. 

The New York Democrat said it's a "sad day in which a member who leads a political party ... cannot bring themselves to say that issuing a depiction of murdering a member of Congress is wrong."

"What is so hard about saying that this is wrong?" Ocasio-Cortez asked, adding, "This is not about me. This is not about Rep. Gosar. But, this is about what we are willing to accept."


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