House Democrats say they are discussing plans to punish Rep. Paul Gosar after the Arizona Republican tweeted an animated video depicting the murder of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters on Tuesday that lawmakers are discussing how to mete out punishment against Gosar, adding, “I think significant action ought to be taken.”
The Maryland Democrat went further, declaring Gosar’s video was an “obscene … incitement to violence” and likely a criminal act.
“I think it’s a criminal violation to make a threat against a public official, a federal public official,” Hoyer said. “So this may be a criminal act as well as an act which certainly brings dishonor on the House of Representatives.”