US Rep. Paul Gosar
US Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) (JONATHAN ERNST/POOL/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock)

Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar Posts Animated Clip Depicting the Murder of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and an Attack on President Biden

In a hate-filled attack over social media, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona has posted an anime-style video clip in which he attacks President Biden and kills his co-worker, fellow member of the House of Representatives, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

Dartunorro Clark of NBC News reported that “Twitter added a warning label Monday, Nov. 9, to a tweet from a Republican lawmaker that depicted an animated killing of Ocasio-Cortez and an attack on President Joe Biden — saying the post violated the company’s rules about ‘hateful conduct.’”

Despite the new warning at the top of the tweet, the company has also decided that his post wouldn’t be deleted and can stay accessible due to “public interest.”

According to Clark, “Gosar shared an altered video Sunday evening in which he and other Republican lawmakers, including Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Lauren Boebert of Colorado, are depicted as heroes from the Japanese anime series Attack on Titan.”

The popular post-apocalyptic series is based around a small revolutionary group that battles against giant creatures called titans. In Gosar’s video, the face of Ocasio-Cortez has been superimposed onto one of the titans. Another character, modified to look like Gosar, goes on to kill that titan and violently attack another featuring the face of President Biden.

While the White House has yet to respond to Gosar’s tweet, Ocasio-Cortez was quick to fight back over Twitter, calling the Arizona lawmaker “creepy” and complaining that Republican lawmakers continue to tolerate his childish and harmful racist behavior.

“[Gosar] will face no consequences because [Rep. Kevin McCarthy] cheers him on with excuses,” she said. “Fun Monday! Well, back to work because institutions don’t protect women of color.”

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California also criticized Gosar for his actions, tweeting “Happy Monday in America, where McCarthy’s colleague just posted a video of himself swinging two swords at President Biden. These blood-thirsty losers are more comfortable with violence than voting. Keep exposing them.”

Rep. Ted Lieu, also of California, called out Gosar’s “sick behavior” and tweeted: “In any workplace in America, if a coworker made an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be fired.”

As Clark pointed out, Gosar continues to be a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump and has repeatedly downplayed the impact of the attempted insurrection on the Capitol on Jan. 6. In 2018, six of his siblings took part in an advertisement run by his congressional opponent saying Gosar needed to be removed from office due to his erratic, racist and discriminatory views.


Related: For more recent diversity and inclusion news, click here.

Latest News

Video: How Companies Are Ensuring Equity for People With Disabilities

The National Organization on Disability held its annual forum in Washington, D.C. last week, bringing together community leaders, advocates, government officials and corporate leaders and influencers to focus on the advancement of people with disabilities in the workplace. DiversityInc also met up with leaders from Capital One Financial (No. 22…

Validated Allies wallpaper

DiversityInc Announces 2022 Validated Allies

Allyship is a journey rather than a destination. The work of an ally never really ends and allies understand they are not necessarily always working toward a goal, but rather, serving a greater purpose. Each year, as part of our Women of Color and Their Allies event, DiversityInc recognizes a…

CDO Series: Sysco’s Adrienne Trimble

Following the murder of George Floyd, the role of Chief Diversity Officers has become more important as companies started to be more intentional with their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, which has made the last few years tumultuous for many CDOs. In the latest installment of a series of articles…

NOD Forum: Honoring the Disability Rights Movement

The road to disability rights has been a long one. One that started long before the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 was passed. In celebration of 40 years of the National Organization on Disability, disability leaders, supporters and activists gathered in Washington, D.C last week to discuss the…

5 Biggest News Stories of the Week: September 29

As the saying goes, the news never stops — but there’s a lot of it out there, and all of it doesn’t always pertain to our readers. In this weekly news roundup, we’ll cover the top news stories that matter most to our diversity focused audience. 1. Research Outlines Lack…

Marriott International building

Marriott International Receives 12 Platinum Honors at the MUSE Creative Awards

Originally published at Marriott International is a Hall of Fame company.   Marriott International’s unmatched portfolio of luxury brands earned 12 Platinum Awards representing 5 dynamic brands, across 10 categories in the 2022 MUSE Creative Awards — an international competition for creative professionals. The industry leader within the luxury…

Marriott International Debuts Its New Global Headquarters Focused on Wellbeing

Originally published at Marriott International is a Hall of Fame company.   After six years of planning, design and construction, Marriott International has opened its global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. The 21-story, 785,000-square-foot, LEEDv4 Gold-certified building is the new workplace for corporate associates, supporting over 8,100 hotels in 139…