During the vote for speaker of the House of Representatives, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez explained why she was seen conversing on the House floor with the Republican lawmaker who earlier drew a cartoon showing him killing her.
Representative Paul Gosar of Arizona and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez spoke during the speaker vote. After Mr. Gosar put a doctored anime movie online in 2021 depicting a figure with his head fighting and murdering a character with her head on it, the House of Representatives censured him and withdrew him from his committees.
Since Mr. Gosar said Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy had suggested that Democrats would reduce the bar for a vote for speaker, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez told reporters that she spoke with him.
She said, “And I replied definitely not. Democrats, according to her, wouldn’t aid Republicans in securing the speakership.
She told The Independent, “Not that I’ve seen.”
The candidature of party leader Kevin McCarthy to be speaker was met with opposition from a number of Republicans. On Wednesday, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, who supports Mr. McCarthy, is expected to lose the third vote for speaker after many voted for either Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona or Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio.
Even though Mr. McCarthy had earlier promised to reinstate him, along with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, to committee assignments after Republicans gained control of the House, Mr. Gosar gave Mr. Biggs’s nomination speech.
According to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, Mr. Gosar refused to apologise for the caricature.
We both disagree on having Kevin McCarthy serve as Speaker of the House, which, in her opinion, is the common thread in this situation.
Democrats would not support Republicans in their campaign to appoint Mr. McCarthy or anybody else, according to other Squad members. Representative Hakeem Jeffries, the current Democratic leader, was recommended by three Black Republican lawmakers, according to New York’s Jamaal Bowman, who spoke with them.
According to Missouri Representative Cori Bush, Democrats would not back down and would not allow any of their members to vote for a Republican as speaker.