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ABC’s Jonathan Karl on what Republicans have told him about Paul Gosar: ‘He’s lost it’

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On Anderson Cooper 360 Wednesday, ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl stopped by and broke down some of the things he learned while writing his new book, “Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show,” about Trump’s final days in the White House.

Among the topics was what he has heard about Arizona Republican congressman Paul Gosar, who was censured and stripped of his committee assignments by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, after he posted a video depicting an animated version of himself attacking Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden. A censure is the most severe form of punishment in the House, short of expulsion.

When Cooper asked Karl if Republicans have privately expressed embarrassment, shame and concern to him about the future of the party, Karl said “oh, yes.”

And he expanded on that in reference to Gosar, after multiple Republicans stood up for him on Wednesday. But Karl said it’s a different story behind closed doors.

“The way Republicans would talk about Gosar privately, is entirely different than the spectacle today of effectively defending him,” Gosar said. “I mean, they say he's lost it. I've had top Republicans tell me about Gosar specifically, before this episode. ‘He's not all there.’”

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