American News Nov 9, 2021 7:03 PM EST

Pelosi calls for criminal, Ethics Committee investigation into Republican congressman for posting anime parody video

Gosar's face was edited onto a character from the anime "Attack on Titan," parodying the show's opening credits. Gosar's character, wielding two swords, attacks characters with Ocasio-Cortez's and Biden's faces.

Pelosi calls for criminal, Ethics Committee investigation into Republican congressman for posting anime parody video
Hannah Nightingale Washington DC

On Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called for a law enforcement and House Ethics Committee investigation into Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, after he posted an anime parody video featuring animated violence against Democrat lawmakers.

The video, which has since been deleted from Gosar's congressional Twitter account, reportedly featured "Gosar's face edited onto a character from popular anime show 'Attack on Titan,' parodying the show's opening credits. At one point in the video, Gosar's character, wielding two swords, attacks characters with Ocasio-Cortez's and Biden's faces," according to the Daily Caller.

"Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated," Pelosi tweeted Tuesday before noon.

Pelosi added in the same tweet Tuesday that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy "should join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate."

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to the video on Twitter, calling Gosar a "a collection of wet toothpicks," adding that "a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me."

"White supremacy is for extremely fragile people &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 continued.

In a statement to Reuters, Gosar said: "I will always fight for the rule of law, securing our borders and defending the America First agenda."

Following backlash he received for the video, Gosar posted a "wojak" meme to his Twitter account, poking fun at those condemning the anime parody.

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