By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney again broke with her party on Wednesday to vote to censure a fellow Republican representative who posted a violent Japanese anime video to his social media accounts.
Cheney, along with U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, joined all of their Democratic colleagues in voting Wednesday for a resolution that both censured U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Arizona, and stripped him of his two committee assignments, according to CNN.
“The glorification of the suggestion of the killing of a colleague is completely unacceptable. And I think that it’s a clear violation of House rules. I think it’s a sad day,” Cheney told reporters while walking off the House floor Wednesday.
“I think that it’s really important for us to be very clear that violence has no place in our political discourse,” she said.
Gosar was censured after he posted a photoshopped anime video to his Twitter and Instagram accounts showing him appearing to kill U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-New York, and attacking President Joe Biden. Gosar later took down the video after facing criticism but did not apologize.
Gosar rejected what he called the “mischaracterization” that the cartoon was “dangerous or threatening. It was not.”
“I do not espouse violence toward anyone. I never have. It was not my purpose to make anyone upset,” he told the Associated Press.
Both Kinzinger and Cheney serve on the Jan. 6 committee that is investigating the events of the U.S. Capitol riot, and they were two of the 10 Republican representatives that voted to impeach former President Donald Trump after the events of that day.