House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for investigations into Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) after posting an edited animated video in which he is shown killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY ) and threaten President Joe Biden with swords.
Meanwhile, some Democrats are calling on Twitter to take more action against Gosar.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote: “Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated. @GOPLeader should join the condemnation of this horrific video and call on the ethics committee and law enforcement to investigate. “
Gosar posted the video on Sunday with the note: “Are there any Hanime fans? He was related to the video, which appeared to be an edited version of the animated series The attack of the Titans, according to Phoenix New Times. In it, Gosar, as the protagonist, kills a monster that looks like Ocasio-Cortez, then waves swords at a giant image of Biden’s head.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the video on Monday, writing: “While on my way to Glasgow a creepy member I work with who raises money for neo-nazi groups shared a fantastic video of him killing me And he won’t suffer any consequences bc @GOPLeader encourages him with an apology. Monday fun! Well, back to work because the institutions do not protect the woc.
The post remains on Twitter, but the platform hid it and placed a public service notice “because it violates our hateful conduct policy.”
“We recognize that it can sometimes be in the public interest to allow people to view Tweets that would otherwise be deleted,” a spokesperson said. “We consider content to be of public interest if it directly contributes to the understanding or discussion of a topic of public interest. ”
The tweet also features images of undocumented immigrants at the border, as well as more favorable images of former President Donald Trump and Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about the post at Tuesday’s press conference and said: “There is absolutely no room … for any violence of any kind. it’s in this political system, and I don’t want to go any further. only that. I leave it up to the social media platform to figure out how it is going to move forward. ”
Representative David Cicillin (D-RI), who chairs the Judicial Chamber’s antitrust subcommittee, criticized Twitter for failing to impose more severe penalties on Gosar’s account.
Cicilline wrote: “Since when have threats been made to kill members of Congress and POTUS in the ‘public interest?’ @Twitter– do better. All of these platforms care about maximizing their profits by letting this type of toxic content stay on their sites. “
He had previously tweeted that this “is absolutely sick and is certainly reaching the threshold of suspending his accounts.”
At ViewRep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said Gosar “doesn’t have to be in Congress … Sadly, the Republican conference is now characterized by many nutty and dangerous pranksters, of which he is one.” He also noted reports that some Republicans are calling for sanctions against their members who voted for the bipartisan infrastructure bill last week.
“But Paul Gosar is creating this video glorifying violence against one of our colleagues who has already been the subject of death threats, and that’s perfectly normal,” Schiff said.
Gosar laughed at the fury of his video by sharing a meme that read, “This is a cartoon, relax.”