But McCarthy – who did not publicly comment on the episode until Monday – did not directly condemn Gosar’s behaviour, only noting that Gosar deleted the tweet after their conversation.
“He took down the video and stated that he does not support violence against anyone. No one is allowed to have violence. [against them]”, the California Republican told CNN. I called him when I heard about the video and he stated that he does not support violence and that he took the video down”.
Democratic leaders are holding discussions about punishing the congressman this week, with censoring him a top choice, two sources said. But there is also talk of being stripped of his committee duties, according to a source, and the conversations are continuing.
Gosar’s statement said he did not “endorse violence or harm against any member of Congress or Mr. Biden” but defended the video as “truly a symbolic depiction of the fight against humanity”. immigration policy.”
In an email over the weekend, Gosar also said he noticed “the infant was faking anger and the high-pitched and jarring accusations of hyperventilation that the cartoon was dangerous to amuse or intentionally exaggerated.”
“Although the degree of punishment varies, this is the same sentiment expressed against the Charlie Hebdo magazine in France in 2015 that was punished for publishing the cartoon – leading to a massacre,” he wrote. in real life with 12 real people,” he wrote.
And Gosar continued to defend his actions: “I have the right to speak to people and to do so in an interactive way. Furthermore, I have the right to speak to the younger generation in this country.”
Ocasio-Cortez told reporters Monday that she thinks punishing Gosar is something House Democratic leadership is taking “very seriously,” though she wouldn’t say for sure that the plan only Quote him what.
She also criticized McCarthy for not doing enough to punish Gosar, saying: “Clearly the Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, has no intention of doing anything about it.”
In introducing the censorship resolution last week, a group of House Democrats said that “violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon that aims to silence women and prevent them from finding seek positions of power and participate in public life, with women of color disproportionately affected”. ”
House Democrats also say that “evil and vulgar messages can and do promote actual violence,” citing the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
“The resolution came because it crosses the line,” said Representative Jackie Speier of California, who is leading the effort to censor Gosar. “Congressman Gosar is inciting violence against a colleague – Congressman Ocasio-Cortez.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, also urged the House Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate Gosar’s actions, and force McCarthy to condemn them.
This story has been updated with comment from Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
CNN’s Alex Rogers, Annie Grayer, Manu Raju and Devan Cole contributed to this report.