President Donald Trump issued a statement Thursday defending Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) against a House censure that came Wednesday and amounted to what could be the first congressional vote to denigrate a member of Congress.
“I have known Paul Gosar for a long time, and I have every confidence in his character and character,” Trump said. “His colleagues made a foolish decision for which they should take full responsibility. In all fairness, he did not mean to say ‘moose,’” per the Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza.
“Congress was made aware of this when it was made public,” Trump added. “I thought it was weak and embarrassing.”
Gosar and a handful of other House Republicans threatened to support an attack on Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) for raising a sit-in on the House floor last year in an effort to force a vote on Rep. Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) presidential run. House Republicans ultimately defeated the motion with a 218-207 vote.
Gosar has accused Democrats of trying to “silence dissent” and of having a political agenda. On Wednesday, Green blasted Gosar as a “dirty racist who shouldn’t even be sitting in Congress.”
Gosar also was slapped with a fine from the House Ethics Committee over his remarks, which he called “completely inappropriate and without merit.”