A Republican lawmaker is facing calls to resign after he posted a disturbing and violent anime video of him slashing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword.
Rep. Paul Gosar posted the disturbing video on Twitter on Sunday showing a sword-wielding character with Gosar’s superimposed face using a jetpack to soar onto a rooftop before attacking AOC.
He slashes the New York liberal across the back of the neck, drawing a spray of blood and then goes on to lunge toward President Joe Biden.
The video which had received more than 3 million views was removed by Twitter late Monday for ‘hateful content,’ but there are growing calls for the Congressman to be booted off the social media platform.
Ocasio-Cortez responded to the viral video on Monday from Scotland, where she has been attending the COP26 climate summit.
‘So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me,’ she tweeted. ‘And he’ll face no consequences bc cheers him on with excuses.’
She added: ‘Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect [women of color].’
Ocasio-Cortez (pictured: recent social media updates on her Instagram from Scotland) ripped her political nemesis after Gosar’s sick video was viewed more than 2.6 million times as of Monday night
Gosar in the video uses a jetpack to reach Ocasio-Cortez on the rooftop before attacking her
Gosar’s character then drops down from the air to cut open AOC’s anime character
She’s slashed with a sword before Gosar jets away and later lunges toward President Joe Biden
Ocasio-Cortez responded to his video from Scotland, where she’s attending a climate summit
Gosar’s violent tweet has since been deleted by Twitter for ‘violating rules about hateful content’
Republican Rep. Paul Gosar posted a bizarre anime video on Twitter that showed him slashing the back of Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Some Twitter users are calling for the ‘lunatic’ politician to be removed from the platform – and booted from congress.
‘Under [no] circumstances should his fantasies of killing people be swept away,’ tweeted @fred_guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed during a Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
‘We know he is a lunatic. America, we better vote in 2022 for Democrats or he will be in leadership.’
Gosar’s Twitter settings prohibit anyone the politician isn’t following from directly commenting, and just three of the 4,529 connections who had the opportunity to speak up did so.
‘Best Congressman,’ said @RepGosarFan. ‘Best timeline.’
The Internet’s latest death fantasy angered scores of Twitter users.
‘Republican @RepGosar has shared a photoshopped animated video that depicts him killing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez,’ tweeted @KaivanShroff.
”Absolutely disgraceful. He should be removed from committee assignments just as Marjorie Taylor Greene was.’
Added @DHStokyo: ‘I am here to say that I don’t want radicalized Republicans who get off on fantasies of violence towards their colleagues, nor their party leaders who ignore it, anywhere near my government.’
It’s no secret that Gosar, a staunch Donald Trump supporter, and Ocasio-Cortez with her socialist leanings don’t see eye-to-eye.
The politicians from the opposite sides of the political spectrum disagree on just about everything, from vaccine mandates and immigration to universal health care and the Capitol riots.
AOC – who frequently draws the ire of right-leaning pundits and politicians – has previously detailed safety concerns related to her high-profile job.
She revealed in a 2019 Time magazine interview that enough people have threatened to kill her that her staff has been trained to evaluate visitors to her Capitol Hill office — even people who just leave Post-It notes on the plaque in the hallway.
Earlier this year, she recalled hiding in her office’s bathroom during the January 6 Capitol riots after hearing that someone was after her.
One Twitter user called Gosar’s video ‘absolutely disgraceful’ and said he should be removed from committee assignments
Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jaime was killed during a Parkland, Florida, school shooting called Gosar a ‘lunatic’ and said he should be kicked out of Congress
User @DHStokyo said he doesn’t want ‘radicalized Republicans who get off on fantasies towards their colleagues’ anywhere near his government
‘I just hear these yells of ‘Where is she? Where is she?’ Ocasio-Cortez said. ‘This was the moment where I thought everything was over. I thought I was going to die.’
The congresswoman then revealed it was a Capitol Police officer who was there to secure her office – but claimed that the cop ‘was looking at me with a tremendous amount of anger and hostility.’
‘I didn’t know if he was there to help us or hurt us,’ she said.
She ended up sheltering in place in her colleague Rep. Katie Porter’s office.