Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) clarified that the video that featured killing AOC (Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez of NY) was only symbolic. In a statement, the Arizona Republican lawmaker clarified he meant no harm to any of the persons depicted in his cartoon.
Gosar Posts Anime Video Depicting Him Killing AOC
Earlier this week, the GOP congressman posted on Twitter a short anime video. It was largely an edited version of a popular “Attack on Titan” anime series.
There, Gosar spliced his face and that of fellow representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO). Together, the three fight the gigantic Titans.
In the climactic scene, he showed himself flying and attacking a Titan with Ocasio-Cortez’s face in it, killing AOC with a sword.
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Gosar clarified that his video “depicts the symbolic nature of a battle between lawful and unlawful policies” on immigration.
In addition, he also said that the video does not wish actual harm to anybody. Instead, the Arizona lawmaker said that it represents the coming battle between immigration policies.
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“The video depicts the fight taking place next week on the House floor,” he clarified. It’s “not meant to depict any harm or violence against anyone portrayed in the anime,” Gosar added.
The depiction of Ocasio-Cortez in the video represents “the Democrats’ open border amnesty agenda included in the Build Back Better Plan,” Gosar said, while the depiction of Biden represents the president’s immigration policies.
In addition, Gosar also took offense at others suggesting that he posted a malicious video. He said that the subsequent reactions were a “gross mischaracterization” of his office-produced video. The act of killing AOC and Biden was not meant to be taken literally.
Consequently, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the leading Democrat, called for investigations to look into Gosar’s conduct. In a tweet, Pelosi urged House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to condemn the “horrific video” produced by his party mate.
She also called for the House Ethics Committee and law enforcement officials to initiate a probe. “Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated,” Pelosi emphasized.
Rep McCarthy’s office did not immediately respond to Pelosi’s tweet. However, other Democrats took up the cudgel for Ocasio-Cortez. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote a particularly acerbic tweet.
“What a disgusting video from a pathetic man,” he posed. In a joint statement, several Democrat representatives said that Gosar’s conduct can get him fired from another job.
“In any other job in America, if a coworker made a video killing another coworker, that person would be fired,” they said. The group included Reps. Matthew Cartwright (PA), Debbie Dingell (MI), Ted Lieu (CA), and Joe Neguse (CO).
“Mr. McCarthy needs to decide whether he will finally stand with the American people on the side of law and order or he will continue to support violence and chaos,” the Democratic lawmakers added.
White House Calls On House To Address The Issue
Meanwhile, the White House also got itself involved in the fiasco. Deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre condemned the video outright for its violent theme.
She also said that the White House will leave it up to social media companies to address the issue. “There is absolutely no place for fear of any kind and no place for any violence of any sort in this political system,” she said.
Jean-Pierre also said that things like this shouldn’t happen and that we should be condemning it,” she told reporters.
The Anti-Defamation League also took the stand for Ocasio-Cortez. On Tuesday, the rights group similarly condemned Gosar’s video. The statement accused Gosar of openly talking with white supremacists and Holocaust deniers.
Now, the Arizona lawmaker is now advocating violence against political opponents. The League recommended that the House strip Gosar of all his committee assignments.
The group also said that McCarthy has “a moral responsibility” to address the situation.
Watch the Reuters video reporting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urges investigations over Gosar anime video:
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