NEW YORK (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is endorsing Rep. Paul Gosar, at some point after the Arizona Republican was censured by the Home of Representatives for posting a violent cartoon video that depicted a personality together with his face killing one with New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s.
Trump, in an announcement, hailed Gosar as “a loyal supporter of our America First agenda” and “extremely revered in Arizona,” and stated he “has my Full and Whole Endorsement!” The assertion made no point out of the Home’s uncommon rebuke — simply the fourth in almost 40 years — which additionally stripped Gosar of his two committee assignments, on the Pure Assets and the Oversight and Reform panels.
Gosar has stated the video, which was produced by his taxpayer-funded workplace, had been mischaracterized and was not supposed to be a menace. Along with Ocasio-Cortez, the the video additionally depicted Gosar’s character attacking President Joe Biden with swords.
Gosar is not any stranger to controversy. He’s made appearances at fringe right-wing occasions, together with a gathering in Florida final February hosted by a person who has promoted white supremacist beliefs, and earlier this yr appeared to type an America First Caucus with different hard-line Republican Home members that aimed to advertise “Anglo-Saxon political traditions.”
Republican Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, in the meantime, has referred to as the censure an “abuse of energy” by Democrats and signaled payback ought to Republicans retake the Home majority subsequent yr.