The Hill reports:
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has apparently deleted an altered anime video that he shared depicting himself and other GOP lawmakers attacking President Biden and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), following political blowback from top Democrats.
The video, which was first posted Monday to Gosar’s official Twitter account, did not appear on his profile Tuesday evening.
A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that “the only enforcement action we took on the Tweet was placing a public interest notice on it for violating our hateful conduct policy.”
After deleting the video Gosar issued a lengthy statement denying that it incites violence against AOC and President Biden. An excerpt:
I do not espouse violence or harm towards any Member of Congress or Mr. Biden. The video depicts the fight taking place next week on the House floor and symbolizes the battle for the soul of America when Congress takes up Mr. Biden’s massive $4 trillion spending bill that includes amnesty for millions of illegal aliens already in our country and was not meant to depict any harm or violence against anyone portrayed in the anime.
This video is truly a symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy. Congresswoman Cortez, whose image is shown in the fictional anime, represents the Democrats’ open border amnesty agenda included in the Build Back Better Plan. As a proud member of the open border caucus, she continues to defend and fight for these dangerous, immigration policies.
Hashtags calling for Gosar’s permanent ban by Twitter have trended on the platform since Sunday.
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
— The Hill (@thehill) November 10, 2021