Pelosi demands CRIMINAL probe into bizarre anime parody
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-California) has called for US law enforcement to investigate a Republican colleague who posted a meme anime video depicting himself fighting Democrat leaders.
“Threats of violence against members of Congress and the president of the United States must not be tolerated,” Pelosi said on Tuesday in a Twitter post. She urged House minority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) to join her in condemning the “horrific video” and calling for criminal and House Ethics Committee investigations.
Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated. @GOPLeader should join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate. https://t.co/qX8kMbiZ8n— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) November 9, 2021
At issue is a video that Representative Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) tweeted on Sunday with a picture of his face photoshopped onto a character from the anime show ‘Attack on Titan.’ Gosar’s character is shown attacking monsters with the faces of President Joe Biden and Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) edited onto them.
The creativity of my team is off the hook. https://t.co/5VeunIfriT— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 8, 2021
The viral video drew backlash from Democrats, including Ocasio-Cortez, who called Gosar a “collection of wet toothpicks.”
“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,” she added.
So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing meAnd he’ll face no consequences bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses.Fun Monday! Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect woc https://t.co/XRnMAKsnNO— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 9, 2021
Other members of Congress, such as Representative Ted Lieu (D-California), called for Gosar to be expelled from the House or lose his committee positions. At least one Republican, Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), said the GOP should condemn the video. Representative Cori Bush (D-Missouri) called Gosar a “white supremacist clown.”
However, Pelosi’s call to action took the response to another level, suggesting that the Arizona Republican may have committed a crime with his anime parody.
Democrats have increasingly tried to criminalize mockery of their leaders. In fact, NBC News earlier this month suggested that engraving the anti-Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” meme on a gun part might represent a security threat against the president. A CNN analyst likened the meme to rhetoric from ISIS, Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan.Also on rt.com NBC mocked for spinning ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ as threat of violence against Biden after gun sellers use meme as marketing ploy
Twitter restricted distribution of Gosar’s video on Monday, blocking likes, replies and retweets and adding a warning label saying the congressman’s post violated its policy against “hateful conduct.”
Gosar mocked the outrage over his video, tweeting another meme on Tuesday. It showed a crying Wojak figure saying, “Your cartoon anime scares me with your jet pack flying and light sabers.” A calm-looking Yes Chad meme replies, “It’s a cartoon. Relax.”
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