Jennifer Gosar is who often speaks out against her brother’s extremist politics, told MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday that she was livid about the doctored anime video the lawmaker posted on social media that depicted him slashing the neck of an enemy with Ocasio-Cortez’s face and swinging a weapon at another represented by Biden.
“I would cry, I am so angry,” Jennifer Gosar said. She said her brother’s behavior had gotten worse “because he has not been held accountable in any way shape or form” and called for action from congressional leadership on both sides of the aisle and from U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Where are these people?” she asked. “Does he need to act on his sociopathic fantasy? Rep. Ocasio-Cortez is very worried [her] and other members, and this is absolutely unacceptable.”
She excoriated Paul Gosar’s colleagues for failing to rein him in. “They leave it to family members to come forward in the public,” she said.
Jennifer Gosar said her brother’s post ― which a spokesperson had defended Monday as just “a cartoon” that “everyone needs to relax” about ― was a dangerous wink to his extreme supporters.
“What he is expounding upon in his sick fantasies is the fact that he cannot even approach the intellect of Rep. Ocasio-Cortez. He cannot respond with his word salad, and somehow meet her intelligence or her information,” she said. “So what he has to do is call out his … brother and sisters, whoever they may be, and show them what he wishes, lest one of them act on it. It’s very concerning and he must be stopped.”
Paul Gosar released a lengthy statement Tuesday saying, “I do not espouse violence or harm towards any Member of Congress or Mr. Biden” and argued that the video was a “symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy.”
Six of his siblings are brothers and sisters. publicly endorsed his Democratic opponent in the 2018 midterms in a series of attack ads questioning their brother’s fitness for office.
This far-right lawmaker, anti-immigration extremist has been repeatedly linked to white supremacists. organizers of the Jan. 6 attackOn the Capitol.
He was joined by his sister growing chorusOn Monday, we will be calling for accountability. This Tuesday will see high profile Democrats, including House Speaker Nancy PelosiCalifornia. Rep. Adam Schiff(Calif.). White House formally condemnedThe video.
Pelosi called Kevin McCarthy, the House Minority Leader (Calif.), to denounce the video and launch an Ethics Committee investigation and law enforcement probe. The Republican leader previously avoided denouncing Paul Gosar despite his having been notified. delivered a keynote speechThis was at an earlier white nationalist conference.
McCarthy’s office did not return multiple requests for comment.