Though Democrats went to great lengths this week to condemn a Republican congressman for tweeting an animated depiction of violence against a liberal colleague, the hypocritical nature of their outrage can be easily underscored by recalling then-vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris’ willingness to joke on camera about killing her political rivals.
On Wednesday, the Democrat-led House engaged in hours of grandstanding and pontificating about the conduct of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), who had previously posted an anime video online that had been edited to portray him killing far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and then turning his attention to President Joe Biden, as Newsweek explained.
Ultimately, the chamber voted in favor of censuring Gosar and removing him from his congressional committee assignments, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reading aloud the formal resolution chastising the lawmaker for his conduct.
The rebuke asserted that “depictions of violence can foment actual violence and jeopardize the safety of elected officials, as witnessed in this chamber on January 6,” and added that “violence against women in politics is a global phenomenon meant to silence woman and discourage them from seeking positions of authority,” as CBS News noted.
Pelosi herself declared that Gosar’s actions “demand a response,” adding, “we cannot have a member joking about murdering each other or threatening the president of the United States. This is both an endangerment of our elected officials and an insult to the institution of the House of Representatives.”
The speaker either has a very short memory or is simply unbothered by the double standard surely noticed by anyone who recalls comments Harris made back in April of 2018 when Harris – then a California senator – was asked by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres whether she would prefer to be stuck in an elevator with then-President Donald Trump, then-Vice President Mike Pence, or then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Instead of choosing a name from that list, Harris inquired, “Does one of us have to come out alive?” suggesting that if caught in such a scenario, she would be tempted to inflict mortal injuries on any of the three men in question, and while at the time, the remark drew harsh criticism from conservatives, it did not earn much in the way of any reprimand from Democrats. WATCH:
While it is certainly not surprising to witness the glaring hypocrisy embodied by the Democrats’ over-the-top reaction to Gosar’s social media post – particularly in light of the current vice president’s own history of suggesting violence against those with whom she disagrees – it is, nevertheless, endlessly infuriating.