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GOP lawmaker Paul Gosar tweets anime video showing him striking Biden, AOC

On Sunday, GOP Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted an animated video that depicts a likeness of him running at President Biden while armed with swords and striking fellow Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

Gosar tweeted out the video saying, “Any anime fans out there?” The short video was complete with special anime-like effects and music, and opens with scenes of immigrants at the southern border. Text captions included drugs, crime, poverty, money, gangs, violence, and trafficking.

An animated version of Gosar appears with the title “attack of immigrants,” and armed with swords, he, along with animated styles of other GOP Reps Marjorie Taylor Greene (G.A.) and Lauren Boebert (C.O.), attack a giant in the back with Ocasio-Cortez’s face. At the end of the video, Gosar’s image is seen running toward a photo of President Biden’s face.

Some Twitter users criticized the tweet, saying it violates the social media platform’s rules. Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Monday evening in response to the video: “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 and he’ll face no consequences bc [Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy] cheers him on with excuses,” she wrote. “Fun Monday! Well, back to work because institutions don’t protect [women of color].”

Another House Democrat, Ted Lieu (C.A.) referred to the tweet as “sick behavior” and added that “In any workplace in America, if a coworker made an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be fired.” The video was inspired by Japanese manga “Attack on Titan,” which was orginally created by Hajime Isayama.

Critics have complained that the video violates Twitter policies by threatening “violence against an individual or a group of people,” as well as the “glorification of violence.”

A spokesperson for the platform said in a statement, “We have placed a public interest notice on this Tweet as it violates our hateful conduct policy. As is standard with this notice, engagements with the Tweet will be limited. People will be able to Quote Tweet the Tweet, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet it.” 

ARTICLE: ELIZABETH HERTZBERG

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: NEW YORK POST

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