The House Democrats initiated a resolution to censure Rep. Paul Gosar after posting an edited anime clip that shows violence against Ocasio-Cortez and Biden. Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar posted the video on his Instagram and Twitter and has received backlash and people have been asking him to be expelled.
House Democrats have mentioned last Wednesday that such messaging can actually instigate violence, referencing the January 6 Capitol incident. They added how it is a global phenomenon that women in politics experience violence which disheartens them to participate in public life and seek jobs of authority. Moreover, those who are strongly affected by this phenomenon are mostly women of color.
According to California Democratic Representative Jackie Speier, what he did crossed the line which is why the resolution was introduced. House Speaker Nancy Pelocy also asked for the House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy to condemn them, and law enforcement and House Ethics Committee to look into Gosar’s actions.
Gosar Defends Anime Video as Symbolic of Fight Against America’s Immigration Policy
Gosar has already removed the video from his Twitter which is an edited clip from the anime “Attack on Titan” wherein the titans were killed by the protagonist. The titans were edited with Biden and Ocasio-Cortez’s face and with Gosar’s face on the protagonist.
In a statement, Gosar mentioned that his intention was not to support any harm or violence to any member of the Congress or to the president. He added that the video is supposed to symbolize their battle against the President’s economic package that includes immigration provisions which they are opposed to.
On the other hand, Gosar’s siblings doesn’t have the most positive judgements of their brother as six of them have advocated his Democratic opponent in a 2018 TV advertisement.