House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is demanding ethics and criminal investigations into pro-Trump Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) after he tweeted a comical anime video of him slashing at socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
The Hill reports:
“Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated,” Pelosi tweeted Tuesday. “@GOPLeader should join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate.”
Gosar set off a firestorm of controversy on Monday when he tweeted an animated video depicting himself and other Republicans as heroic warriors fighting against Democrats, interspersed with footage of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border.
The video features characters from a Japanese-style anime series, their faces replaced with pictures of Gosar and two other conservative firebrands — Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) — who bound around with various weapons. In one scene, Gosar’s character executes another character, doctored to depict Ocasio-Cortez, by striking her in the back of the neck with a sword.
In another, Gosar confronts Biden head-on with two swords drawn.
The comical video has overwhelmingly triggered leftists, erroneously claiming it’s a threat of violence. Watch the video and judge for yourself: