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Republican Paul Gosar takes down AOC anime after massive backlash

Republican Congressman Paul Gosar has deleted from his Twitter account a weird video depicting him as an anime character battling a monster with the face of consultant Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The congressman from Arizona had shared the 92-second clip on Sunday, each on his private in addition to his official congressional accounts, triggering extreme anger and outrage on social media. It was seen tens of 1000’s of time earlier than it was deleted.

The edited clip of Netflix anime Attack on Titan confirmed Mr Gosar in addition to fellow right-wing lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Lauren Boebert battling a towering, bare “Titan”.

Ms Ocasio-Cortez is seen for just a few seconds within the video, along with her face superimposed over the monster’s. The three anime variations of Mr Gosar, Ms Greene and Ms Boebert are then seeing delivering a deadly strike to the again of the monster’s head as blood gushes out.

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The video additionally reveals the three congressmen preventing with president Joe Biden for just a few seconds.

The video was flagged by Twitter for violating the platform’s guidelines about hateful conduct.

The tweet was captioned: ‘Any anime fans out there?’ The Twitter URL for the anime video now reads: “Hmm…this page doesn’t exist. Try searching for something else.”

It was taken down on Tuesday, two days after it was shared. Though Mr Gosar didn’t point out why and when he took the tweet down, he put out a press release defending the video on Tuesday evening, calling it a “symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy”. It “depicts the fight taking place next week” contained in the House of Representatives over the “soul of America”, Mr Gosar added.

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“I do not espouse violence or harm towards any member of Congress or Mr Biden,” the consultant wrote, including that the video was “not meant to depict any harm or violence against anyone portrayed in the anime”.

The Arizona congressman’s sister mentioned that her brother must face penalties from congressional management. Several different leaders and Democrats additionally sought motion in opposition to consultant Gosar within the House for the video.

“He should be removed from committee assignments just as Marjorie Taylor Greene was,” tweeted Kaivan Shroff, a former digital staffer for the 2016 Hillary Clinton marketing campaign. “Absolutely disgraceful.”

Ms Greene was faraway from her House committee assignments earlier this yr after a sequence of movies have been uncovered of her espousing wild conspiracy theories concerning the 9/11 terrorist assaults, harassing survivors of a college capturing on the road, and crucially, expressing assist for violence in opposition to Democrats in Congress together with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. She has since apologised for a few of her feedback.

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Responding to the video, Ms Ocasio-Cortez mentioned on Monday: “This dude is a just a collection of wet toothpicks anyway. White supremacy is for extremely fragile people and sad men like him, whose self concept relies on the myth that he was born superior because deep down he knows he couldn’t open a pickle jar or read a whole book by himself.”

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