Rep. Paul Gosard’s sister criticized the Arizona Republican for his “despicable” attack on MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.) and President Joe Biden last weekend.
Jennifer Gosar, who often opposes her brother’s extremist policies, told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday that she was furious over a fake anime video the MP posted on social media in which he portrayed cutting an enemy’s neck. the face of Ocasio-Cortez. and brandishing a weapon in another, represented by Biden.
“I would cry, I’m so angry,” said Jennifer Gosar. She said that her brother’s behavior worsened “because he was not prosecuted in any way,” and called for action by congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle and US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Where are all these people?” she asked. “Does he need to act according to his sociopathic fantasies? As for the representative of Ocasio-Cortez, I am very concerned [her] and other participants, and this is absolutely unacceptable. “
She criticized Paul Gosar’s colleagues for not being able to curb him. “They give family members the right to speak to the public,” she said.
Jennifer Gosar said her brother’s post, which the spokesman described on Monday as simply a “caricature” that “everyone needs to relax” about, was a dangerous wink to his extreme supporters.
“In his morbid fantasies, he explains the fact that he cannot even come close to the intellect of Ocasio-Cortez. He cannot respond with his verbal salad and somehow meet her intelligence or her information, ”she said. “So what he has to do is call his … brother and sisters, whoever they are, and show them what he wants so that one of them won’t do that. This is very worrisome and needs to be stopped. “
Paul Gosar issued a lengthy statement on Tuesday stating, “I do not support violence or harm to any member of Congress or Mr. Biden,” and argued that the video was “a symbolic depiction of the struggle for immigration policy.”
He has nine siblings, six of whom publicly endorsed his Democrat opponent in the 2018 midterm exams in a series of attacking announcements that question his brother’s suitability for the position.
The ultra-right lawmaker and anti-immigration hardliner has been associated with white supremacists and the organizers of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.
His sister joined the growing choir calling for responsibility on Monday. Prominent Democrats on Tuesday, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (California) and Representative Adam Schiff (California) intervened. The White House has also formally condemned the video.
Pelosi called on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California) to condemn the video and open an investigation by the ethics and law enforcement committee. The Republican leader has previously avoided condemning Paul Gosar even after he gave the keynote speech at a conference of white nationalists earlier this year.
McCarthy’s office did not respond to several requests for comment.