Cicilline: Gosar Must Be Held Accountable

Nov 17, 2021

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives in support of H.Res. 789 – Censuring Representative Paul Gosar. The measure passed the House by a bipartisan vote of 223-207. With its passage, Representative Gosar was formally censured and stripped of his committee assignments.

The Congressman’s remarks, as delivered, are below.
 
“I rise in strong support of this censure resolution.
 
“I watched this video and I was sickened when I saw what was Mr. Gosar depicting the killing of another Member of this body and brandishing swords at the President of the United States.
 
“This kind of rhetoric is not just unfitting of a U.S. Representative, it’s dangerous, and it can be deadly – as we saw on January 6 and in 2011 when an individual shot then-Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after Sarah Palin sent out a video with shooting targets on various congressional districts – including Gabby’s.
 
“This is not a joke. This not about politics. It’s about safety.
 
“While healthy debate on the issues, on different policy issues is important -- it’s what keeps our democracy alive – this is not that.
 
“We cannot allow Members to encourage and incite violence – period.
 
“And Mr. Gosar, you are no Alexander Hamilton. You must be held accountable.
 
“I yield back.”
 

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