US lawmaker under fire for anime video depicting violence against Ocasio-Cortez and Biden – .

US lawmaker under fire for anime video depicting violence against Ocasio-Cortez and Biden – .

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday called for investigations into an anime video tweeted by Republican Congressman Paul Gosar which depicted him wielding swords at President Joe Biden and killing him Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Threats of violence against members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated,” Pelosi said in a statement on Twitter.

She said Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy “should join the condemnation of this horrific video and call on the ethics committee and law enforcement to investigate.”

McCarthy’s office did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.

Twitter Inc. added a warning tag to the video on Tuesday. Twitter said the video violated its “hateful conduct” policy and limited engagement with the tweet, blocking the ability to like, reply to or retweet it.

However, the social media giant said in a notification attached above the tweet that it had determined “that it may be in the public interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

“As usual with this notice, engagement with the Tweet will be limited,” Twitter said in an email.

The 90-second video shared by Gosar on Sunday appears to be an edited version of a Japanese animated series and is interspersed with actual footage of US border patrol agents rounding up migrants on the US-Mexico border.

During an approximately 10-second section of the video, animated characters whose faces have been replaced by Gosar and fellow House Republican Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado are seen fighting other characters. animated.

In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen hitting the one who looks like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck with a sword.

In a tweet Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez called Gosar a “scary member I work with” and said he “shared a fantastic video of him killing me.” She added that Gosar would have no consequences because Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “encourages him with an apology.” She also said that institutions “don’t protect” women of color.

Tuesday morning, Gosar tweeted again, a graphic with a text that read: “This is a cartoon, relax. “

Democrats suggest Gosar should be reprimanded

The spoofed video has been widely condemned by prominent politicians and social media users.

Democratic House colleague Ted Lieu from California called Gosar’s tweet “sick behavior” and said in his own tweet: “In any workplace in America if a colleague was making a video of anime killing another coworker, that person would be kicked out. “

Ocasio-Cortez, presented at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, called Gosar “scary” in response to the animated video. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Jamie Raskin, another House Democrat, said the chamber must tackle Gosar’s conduct, calling it “grotesque, dangerous and utterly shameful.”

An ethics expert told Reuters that threatening behavior could violate both House ethics rules and federal criminal laws.

“He’s expressing his real feelings, and his real feelings seem very threatening,” said Craig Holman, ethics lobbyist for advocacy group Public Citizen.

Under House rules, ethics violations can result in reprimands, fines, censure or impeachment. Threats can also constitute criminal offenses punishable by imprisonment.

Gosar was among lawmakers whose phone or computer is recording a House panel investigating the Jan.6 Capitol uprising called on social media and telecommunications companies to preserve as they were potentially involved in efforts to ” challenge, delay or interfere ”with certification or otherwise attempt to nullify the 2020 election results.

He suggested that Ashli ​​Babbitt, who was shot dead inside the Capitol during the Jan. 6 melee, was a martyr who was “executed”.

In 2018, six of Gosar’s siblings appeared in a campaign ad for his congressional opponent, deeming their brother unfit for office.

Following his actions on January 6 and Babbitt’s comments, Dave Gosar told NBC News he viewed his brother as “a traitor to this country.”


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