It’s not only Democrats who think Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) went way too far when he tweeted out a video in which he lives out a violent fantasy as an anime character attacking PresidentJoe Biden and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY). Now a Republican strategist and Gosar’s own sister have both spoken out, calling for accountability, and for party leaders to take action.
RawStory reports that Doug Heye, a consultant for the GOP, addressed Paul Gosar’s tweeted video and how it ties into the behavior of the party leadership, saying, “This hasn’t happened in a vacuum.”
Referring to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Minority Whip Steve Scalise, he declared, “I would say, Kevin, you need to do something here, Steve, you need to do something here.”
He went on to list incidents of violence in or adjacent to Congress, including the shooting of Representative Gabby Giffords, the shooting at a Congressional baseball practice, and “obviously January 6th,” and said that leadership on both sides of the aisle must condemn such violence wherever it surfaces, or risk being complicit when “sacrifice whoever that next member of Congress who suffers violence may be.”
Meanwhile, Gosar’s sister appeared on MSNBC to share her views, saying that her brother is “getting worse because he has not been held accountable,” and that she is “very concerned.”
“Does he need to act on his sociopathic fantasy for Representative Ocasio-Cortez?”
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