However McCarthy — who had not publicly commented on the episode till Monday — didn’t straight condemn Gosar’s conduct, solely noting Gosar had deleted the tweet after their dialog.
“He took the video down and he made a press release that he would not assist violence to anyone. No person ought to have violence [against them],” the California Republican instructed CNN. “I known as him after I heard concerning the video, and he made a press release that he would not assist violence, and he took the video down.”
Gosar’s assertion mentioned he would not “espouse violence or hurt in the direction of any member of Congress or Mr. Biden” however defended the video as “really a symbolic portrayal of a battle over immigration coverage.”
In e-mail over the weekend, Gosar additionally mentioned he finds the “fake outrage childish and the hyperventilating and shrill accusations that this cartoon is harmful to be laughable or deliberately hyperbolic.”
“Whereas the diploma of punishment differs, this is similar sentiment expressed in opposition to the Charlie Hebdo journal in France in 2015 that was punished for publishing a cartoon—leading to a real-life bloodbath of 12 actual reside individuals,” he wrote.
And Gosar continued to defend his actions: “I’m entitled to talk to the individuals and to take action in a way that’s partaking. Additional, I’ve a proper to talk to the youthful era on this nation.”
Ocasio-Cortez instructed reporters on Monday that she thinks punishing Gosar is one thing Home Democratic management is taking “very severely,” although she wouldn’t say for certain that censuring him is the plan.
She additionally criticized McCarthy as not doing sufficient to punish Gosar, saying: “It is develop into very clear that the Republican chief, Kevin McCarthy, intends on doing nothing about it.”
In introducing the censure decision final week, a bunch of Home Democrats mentioned that “violence in opposition to ladies in politics is a world phenomenon meant to silence ladies and discourage them from looking for positions of authority and taking part in public life, with ladies of coloration disproportionately impacted.”
The Home Democrats additionally mentioned that “vicious and vulgar messaging can and does foment precise violence,” pointing to the assault on the Capitol on January 6 for instance.
“The decision was launched as a result of it crosses the road,” mentioned Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier of California, who’s main the hassle to censure Gosar. “Congressman Gosar is inciting violence in opposition to a colleague — Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez.”
Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, additionally urged the Home Ethics Committee and legislation enforcement to research Gosar’s actions, and for McCarthy to sentence them.
This story has been up to date with feedback from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
CNN’s Alex Rogers, Annie Grayer and Devan Cole contributed to this report.