Cline shrugs off Gosar’s video threat

The Washington Post reports:

The House voted Wednesday to censure Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.) for tweeting an anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and swinging swords at President Biden — a move that comes amid growing worries about violent political rhetoric 10 months after a mob of former president Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol.

The 223-to-207 vote, with one member voting present, marks the first time in more than a decade that the House has censured one of its members. The resolution also removes Gosar from his assignments on the House Oversight and Natural Resources committees.

“Disguising death threats against a member of Congress and a president of the United States in an animated video does not make those death threats any less real or less serious,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said during Wednesday’s debate, describing GOP leaders’ refusal to reprimand Gosar as “outrageous.”

Not outrageous enough for Congressman Cline, who joined all but two of his fellow House Republicans to vote NO on censuring Gosar.

Some Republicans have pointed to questionable comments by Democrats. But as Amber Phillips of The Post writes, “none of them have used social media to depict violence against a Republican colleague.”

Many more Republicans than Democrats in recent weeks have alluded to armed revolution and justified violence. On this Cline has been utterly silent.

But Cline did denounce the FBI on the far-right NewsMax channel for tracking the dangerous increase in violent threats against school boards and teachers over masking requirements and teaching about racism.

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