Pelosi urges investigations over Gosar video

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday urged investigations into an anime video tweeted by Republican congressman Paul Gosar. In it, he's depicted him swinging swords at President Joe Biden and killing a cartoon giant with the face of Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

"Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated," Pelosi said in a statement on Twitter.

She added that House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy "should join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate."

McCarthy's office did not respond to Reuters queries seeking comment on the 90-second video.

Ocasio-Cortez responded to Gosar's tweet with a Twitter thread noting the video posted by a "creepy member I work with," and said she expected no consequences for Gosar from the House Republican leader. She added, “This dude is a just a collection of wet toothpicks anyway.”

Twitter added a warning label to the 90-second video, saying it violated its "hateful conduct" policy. It also restricted engagement with the tweet, blocking the ability to like, reply or retweet the video, which also contained footage of migrant crossings and Border Patrol officers at the U.S.-Mexico border. Twitter said in a notification attached above the tweet that it had determined "it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Gosar, an Arizona Republican, remained defiant, tweeting a subsequent meme that read ‘it’s a cartoon, relax’.

Some Democrats called for Gosar to leave office, including Democratic Representative Ted Lieu who tweeted that “In any workplace in America, if a coworker made an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be fired.”

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