Republican Representative Paul Gosar Draws Criticism After Posting Anime Video Depicting Violence Against Ocasio-Cortez and Biden

Republican Representative Paul Gosar drew sharp criticism after he posted an edited anime video on social media depicting him attacking Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden.

The 90-second clip on Instagram and Twitter was an altered version of the opening credits of Japanese anime series “Attack on Titan.” It appeared to portray Gosar as one of the heroes attacking a giant that had Ocasio-Cortez’s face using a sword, then another scene showed Gosar attacking a character with Biden’s face.

The video also had scenes of migrants and border patrol agents with the words “drugs,” “murder,” and “gangs,” among others, appearing on screen.

The video is now unavailable on Twitter. 

Initially, Twitter said that the video violated its rules on “hateful conduct” and added a warning label that said, “Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

Instagram labeled the video as “sensitive content.”

“This post doesn’t go against our community standards, but may contain images that some people might find upsetting,” Instagram further explained.

Ocasio-Cortez criticized Gosar as “creepy,” adding that he will “face no consequences” because House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “cheers him on with excuses.”

White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that there was “no place for any type of violence or that type of language in the political system. And it should not be happening, and we should be condemning it.”

The House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee urged McCarthy to call an investigation into the video they described as “threats of violence.”

Gosar responded to the criticisms by posting a meme saying, “It’s a cartoon. Relax.”

Gosar also said in a statement that the video was “truly a symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy.”


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