House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (R-CA) is calling for an investigation by both the House Ethics Committee and law enforcement into Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) over a Sunday tweet.
According to a report by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Gosar tweeted an animated video with what appeared to be a cartoon version of himself as a superhero, attacking Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and President Joe Biden.
Pelosi condemned the cartoon, calling for her fellow lawmakers to abstain from any and all insinuations of violence:
“Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated,” Pelosi tweeted. The Speaker also called for House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to “join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate.”
According to the DCNF, “The video [since deleted] in question, which Gosar posted Sunday night, depicts 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.”
As of Monday, Twitter restricted the video’s sharing feature and disabled re-tweets, likes, and replies and posted a warning label on the tweet saying it violated Twitter’s conduct policy and by Wednesday it was deleted.
Gosar appeared undeterred saying, “I will always fight for the rule of law, securing our borders and defending the America First agenda,” the lawmaker said in a statement to Reuters.
The lawmaker also posted a meme to his Twitter account that seemed to be pointed at mocking the backlash from the video.