PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar was facing criticism after he tweeted a video containing edited animation showing him hitting Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword.
In a tweet Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., called Gosar a “scary member I work with” and said he “shared a fantastic video of him killing me.” She added that Gosar would have no consequences because Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “encourages him with an apology.” She also said that institutions “do not protect” women of color.
Elaborating on her tweet, Ocasio-Cortez told reporters at the Scotland climate conference that it is common for women of color to be ignored when they “sound the alarm bells about behaviors, patterns, etc. very disturbing “.
âAnd that dynamic is reflected in the United States Congress as well,â she said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Tuesday from the climate conference, where she heads a congressional delegation that includes Ocasio-Cortez, that: âThreats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States- United should not be tolerated. She called on McCarthy to condemn “this horrific video and call on the ethics committee and law enforcement to investigate.”
McCarthy spokespersons did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pelosi’s tweet.
Democratic House colleague Ted Lieu of California called Gosar’s tweet “sick behavior” and said in one of his own tweets: “In any workplace in America, if a coworker did. an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be kicked out. “
Gosar, a Republican, posted the video Sunday afternoon with a note saying, âAnime fans out there?
The approximately 90-second video is an edited version of a Japanese animated series, interspersed with shots of border patrol agents and migrants on the southern border of the United States. During an approximately 10 second section of the video, animated characters whose faces were replaced by Gosar and other Republican representatives. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado are seen fighting other animated characters.
In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen hitting the one who looks like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck with a sword.
Twitter then attached a warning to the tweet saying “he was violating Twitter’s rules regarding hateful behavior.” However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.
Gosar is known as a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump. He was among the lawmakers whose phone or computer records a House panel investigating the Jan.6 Capitol uprising. cancel the results of the 2020 elections.
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