Rep. Paul Gosar (the pot) calls Rep. Ilhan Omar (the kettle) unfit for Congress

Rep. Paul Gosar speaks during the Arizona GOP biennial statutory meeting at Dream City Church on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Phoenix.
Rep. Paul Gosar speaks during the Arizona GOP biennial statutory meeting at Dream City Church on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, in Phoenix.

Last week, the Republican majority in the House of Representative decided on a party-line vote to remove Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the House Foreign Affairs committee. The stated reason focused on past comments Omar made concerning Israel.

The real reason for Omar’s removal was revenge. Democrats in the last session had removed Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar and Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green from committees.

Still, Omar left herself open for such action, having said things for which even Democrats had condemned her publicly.

In that sense, Republicans had a decent argument for removing Omar, one that might not have seemed like petty political retaliation if not for … Gosar.

(Taylor-Greene also, but Gosar is Arizona’s fault.)

Republicans have no argument, thanks to Gosar

Any argument Republicans had for removing Omar becomes hypocritical BS when Gosar is factored in.

The Arizona Republican voted to remove Omar and said in a statement that she “pursued a reckless and fundamentally anti-American agenda.”

She did?

This is Gosar, whom “Stop the Steal” organizer Ali Alexander credited as one of those with whom he “schemed up” the Jan. 6, 2021, demonstrations that led to an attack on the U.S. Capitol.

This is Gosar, who tried to disenfranchise Arizona voters by voiding the state’s electoral college votes.

Did Omar or Gosar support the insurrectionists?

This is Gosar, who tweeted his undying support for the criminal insurrectionists who stormed the U.S. Capitol, an event that led to at least four deaths, injured 150 or so police officers and caused millions of dollars in damage.

This is Gosar, who said on social media, “The treatment of the Jan. 6 protestors is inhumane and unacceptable. They deserve much more than an immediate pardon, but it would be a good start.”

But he says Omar is anti-American?

Congressional shift:How did Arizona get here and what happens next?

In his statement concerning his vote to remove Omar from the committee Gosar also said she “regularly engages with racists, supports and condones racism, and champions anti-American sentiments.”

This is Gosar, who has supported and defended the racist antisemite Nick Fuentes, for which even Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell condemned him.

Which one suggested trashing the Constitution?

Gosar also said that Omar was a person “seething with hatred and bile.”

This is Gosar, who posted a crude anime video online depicting him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Finally, Gosar said of Omar, “It is a fair question whether she should serve in Congress at all.”

This is Gosar, who publicly agreed with former President Donald Trump when Trump suggested trashing the U.S. Constitution in order to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

This is Gosar, about whom his own brother, David, said, “I consider him a traitor to this country. I consider him a traitor to his family. He doesn’t see it. He’s disgraced and dishonored himself.”

And while Omar was removed from a committee, Gosar’s committee appointments were restored under Republican leadership.

Which begs the question: Who really “brought dishonor to the House”?

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