U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger once again found himself at odds with the majority of the GOP on Wednesday, as he joined one other Republican in voting to censure Rep. Paul Gosar and relieve him of his committee assignments.
Gosar, an Arizona Republican, tweeted an animated video recently that depicted him striking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., with a sword.
The House voted 223-207 to remove Gosar from his two committee assignments Oversight and Reform, and Natural Resources. Kinzinger and U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney, of Wyoming, were the sole Republicans to cross party lines and vote in favor of the censure.
Gosar posted the video more than a week ago with a note saying, “Any anime fans out there?” The roughly 90-second video was an altered version of a Japanese anime clip, interspersed with shots of Border Patrol officers and migrants at the southern U.S. border, according to the Associated Press.
During a 10-second section, animated characters whose faces had been replaced with Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado were depicted fighting other animated characters. In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen striking in the neck with a sword the one made to look like Ocasio-Cortez. The video also shows him attacking President Joe Biden.
“This will continue. Of course @gop and @GOPLeader (Kevin McCarthy) can condemn this proactively (not some sidestepping comment when asked about it.). They won’t. The ‘arm-pit farting’ of our politics is why we are failing the people,” Kinzinger tweeted Nov. 8 in response to the news of Gosar’s video post.
Kinzinger, a Channahon republican who recently announced he will not seek a seventh term in the House, has been at odds with Republican Party leaders since the November election. He sits on a committee charged with investigating the Jan. 6 attack at the US Capitol with Cheney as the panel’s lone Republicans.
He created the Country First movement after the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, which promotes “country over party” and encourages the GOP to move away from former Republican President Donald Trump’s politics. Kinzinger also was one of 10 members of the GOP who voted in favor of Trump’s second impeachment.
The congressman recently drew some criticism from members of the GOP for being one of 13 Republican reps to vote in favor of the national infrastructure bill.
He has left the door open for running for a statewide office, or even making a bid for the White House. He told CNN he’ll “probably” make his decision on whether to launch a bid for Illinois governor or the U.S. Senate by January.