Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona shared an altered anime video in which he kills Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and swings swords at President Biden.
Gosar shared the video from both his personal and professional Twitter accounts Sunday, writing, “Any anime fans out there?” in the latter. Twitter has not removed the tweets but instead hid them from view, with users required to click on a label in order to see it.
“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct,” reads the label. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The 92-second clip appears to be an edited version of the opening credits of the Japanese manga series Attack on Titan.
It intersperses clips of migrants and Border Patrol agents, images of Democratic leaders and animation of Republican politicians — including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado — on the attack. Blood spatters and words like drugs, crime, murder, poverty, gangs, violence and trafficking flash on the screen at points.
It seems as though the video was done in-house, as Gosar wrote on his personal Twitter that “the creativity of my team is off the hook.” His press secretary has told The Washington Post that “everyone needs to relax.”
Ocasio-Cortez castigated Gosar in a series of tweets on Monday, slamming Gosar’s video as just one of several incidents of harassment she has faced on the job, arguing that institutions like the US Congress fail to protect women of color.
Meanwhile Voters in New York City didn’t hold back their criticism of AOC this weekend after she joined five other progressive Dems in opposing the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that the House approved late Friday.
“I don’t know why she voted against it,” Michael Goodman, a retired college professor, told the New York Post. “For decades, New York has given more money than they’ve gotten back. Politics is the art of compromise. A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.”
“New York needs this money,” Sidibe Ibrahima, another city resident who said she was a Democrat, told the newspaper. “The fact that [AOC] had her own community impacted by the floods—referring to the impact of Hurricane Ida last September on much of the Northeast, including Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional district, which includes parts of the Bronx and Queens boroughs of New York City—how are you going to go against an infrastructure bill? She should think about the people who voted for her.”
Also criticizing Ocasio-Cortez’s “no” vote was U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, the Staten Island and Brooklyn congresswoman who was among the 13 Republicans to buck the GOP and support the Democrats’ legislation.
“I think she did her district a disservice,” Malliotakis told the Post. “New York City benefits more than any other part of the country. It’s all hard infrastructure and all things that we desperately need.”
Largely blue New York state stands to reap as much as $170 billion from the infrastructure bill.
Ocasio-Cortez previously faced criticism in her home city during her first term, when she opposed an Amazon deal that could have brought 25,000 jobs to New York City, describing the deal’s tax incentives as a “corporate giveaway.”
Months later, after Amazon agreed to bring just 1,500 jobs to the city, Ocasio-Cortez was slammed on Twitter for suggesting the Jeff Bezos-led company was agreeing to a deal anyway – without “handouts.” Critics reminded her that the scaled-down deal meant far fewer jobs for city residents.
“Another day, another viral misleading tweet from AOC,” one Twitter user wrote about an Ocasio-Cortez post in which she claimed she was “waiting on haters” after being “proven right.”
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