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‘A Collection of Wet Toothpicks’: AOC Unloads on Rep. Paul Gosar for Disgusting Anime Video

The conspiracy theorist from Arizona recently posted an edited cartoon video of himself killing the Democratic lawmaker with a sword

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 21: (L-R) Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attend a news conference to introduce legislation that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the power to impose a federal eviction moratorium in the interest of public health, on Capitol Hill September 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. The legislation comes weeks after the Supreme Court blocked the Biden administrations extension of the eviction moratorium. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) attends a news conference to introduce legislation that would give the Department of Health and Human Services the power to impose a federal eviction moratorium in the interest of public health, on Sept. 21, 2021.

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) is a right-wing extremist who has hobnobbed with white supremacists, pushed conspiracy theories about the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, and, as Rolling Stone reported last month, helped plan the events that turned violent on Jan. 6.

He’s also a deeply strange man who has employed a deeply strange staff that has been producing deeply strange hype videos for the Arizona representative. Gosar shared what may be the strangest — and is certainly the most disgusting — among them on Sunday: a crudely edited anime video of himself and other extremist lawmakers violently thwarting President Biden’s immigration agenda. It also features a quick clip of Gosar killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) with a sword. “The creativity of my team is off the hook,” Gosar wrote.

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Monday night, calling Gosar a “creepy member” who “fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups.” She pointed out that just like after former Rep. Ted Yoho called her a “fucking bitch” on the steps of Congress, and just like after Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) harassed her and “stalked [her] office the 1st time w/ insurrectionists & ppl locked inside,” Gosar is unlikely to face any consequences for broadcasting a fantasy video of himself gruesomely maiming a female colleague.

She also called Gosar “a collection of wet toothpicks.”

The anime clip wasn’t the only anti-immigration video Gosar posted over the weekend. On Saturday, he tweeted a bizarre video of a compressed version of himself getting up from his desk and waddling down a hallway. “Me omw to end immigration,” he wrote.

Gosar’s office defended the anime video of himself killing Ocasio-Cortez on Monday. “We made an anime video,” his digital director, Jessica Lycos, said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Everyone needs to relax. The left doesn’t get meme culture. They have no joy. They are not the future. It’s a cartoon. Gosar can’t fly and he does not own any light sabers. Nor was violence glorified. This is about fighting for truth.”

It’s pretty hard to argue that the video doesn’t glorify violence, though, or that such glorification of violence is a “joke” considering what happened on Jan. 6 and how regularly Ocasio-Cortez’s life is threatened.

The Democrat from New York chalked it up to white supremacy and insecurity in her Twitter thread responding to the video. “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 concluded.

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