PHOENIX (AP) – Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar has faced criticism after tweeting a video that includes a modified animation showing him stabbing Alexandria Rep. Ocasio-Cortez with his sword.
On Twitter Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., called Gosar “a creepy member I work with” and said he “shared a fantastic video of him killing me.” She added that Gosar will face no repercussions because minority leader Kevin McCarthy “cheers him on with an apology.” She also said that institutions “do not protect” women of color.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tweeted Tuesday from a climate conference in Scotland, where she leads a congressional delegation that includes Ocasio-Cortez, that “Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated.” She called on McCarthy to condemn “this horrible video and to urge the Ethics Committee and Law Enforcement to investigate.”
McCarthy’s representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Pelosi’s tweet.
One House Democratic, Ted Lew of California, called Gosar’s tweet “painful behavior” and said in his own tweet, “In any workplace in America, if a colleague shot an anime video that kills another employee, that person would be fired. “
Gosar, a Republican, posted the video Sunday afternoon with a note: “Are there anime fans?”
The roughly 90-second video is a modified version of the Japanese anime series, interspersed with footage of border guard officers and migrants at the southern border of the United States. During one roughly 10-second segment of the video, animated characters, whose faces have been replaced by Gosar and his fellow Republicans, Marjorie Taylor Green from Georgia and Lauren Bobert from Colorado, fight other animated characters.
In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen stabbing someone who looked like Ocasio Cortez in the neck with a sword.
Twitter later attached a warning to the tweet stating that “it is violating Twitter’s hate behavior guidelines. 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 lawmakers whose phone or computer records that a House commission investigating the January 6 Capitol uprising asked social media and telecommunications companies to keep, as they were potentially involved in attempts to “challenge, delay, or interfere” with certification or otherwise attempt cancel the results of the 2020 elections.