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Dangerous Anime Video Shows Congressman Killing AOC

It’s no secret that politics in the United States have a reached a whole other level of polemical discourse. It’s also no secret that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is often the biggest targets for Republicans and right-wing politicians and their supporters.

She’s on the receiving end of it all: from frequent verbal attacks by the former president, insults from fellow representatives, and dismissive comments like that of CNN host Chris Cuomo calling her 2018 primary win “a fluke.” She’s been called everything from a “wack job” to a “f***ing bitch,” and she gets regular death threats. Now, a recent video shared by a fellow member of congress actually shows her being killed.

QAnon supporter and Rep. Paul Gosar tweeted anime video depicting himself killing Rep. AOC.

On Tuesday, Republican Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ), tweeted an altered anime video of himself killing Rep. AOC with a sword. Gosar shared the video from both his personal and professional Twitter accounts on Sunday, writing, “Any anime fans out there?” Although the video was covered with a security label, Twitter did not take down the video.

“This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about hateful conduct,” reads the label. “However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”

According to The Guardian, the 92-second long clip appears to be an altered version of the opening credits from the Japanese manga series, “Attack on Titan.”

In the video, not only does Gosar kill AOC but he also threatens President Biden with the swords. There are also images of migrants and Border Patrol agents. Blood spatters and words like drugs, crime, murder, poverty, gangs, violence and trafficking flash on the screen at points. Needless to say it’s highly unusual and extremely dangerous to share this type of content — especially as an elected member of U.S. Congress.

Congresswoman AOC pointed out just how inappropriate the video is.

In a tweet, AOC wrote: “A creepy member I work with who fundraises for neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me and he’ll face no consequences because [McCarthy] cheers him on with excuse… well, back to work because institutions don’t protect women of color.”

And as she pointed out, it’s not the first time she’s faced threatening behavior from her own Republican colleagues.

“Remember when [Ted] Yoho accosted me on the Capitol [steps] and called me a f*ing b*tch. Remember when Greene ran after me a few months ago screaming and reaching. Remember when she stalked my office the first time with insurrectionists and people locked inside. All at my job and nothing ever happens. Anyways, back to business.”

“White supremacy,” she added, “is for extremely fragile people and 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.”

House speaker, Nancy Pelosi also condemned the video. In a tweet, she wrote: “threats of violence against members of Congress and the president of the United States must not be tolerated” and called on the House Republican leader, Kevin McCarthy, to “join in condemning this horrific video and call on the ethics committee and law enforcement to investigate.”

But as usual, AOC moved forward like the leader she is, representing the U.S. in Glasgow.

As much of the world’s attention has turned to the COP26 climate change conference taking place in Scotland, AOC has joined the list of politicians urging world leaders to take action. The congresswoman arrived as a member of the U.S. delegation just as the talks entered their crucial second week and international delegates work to hammer out a global deal.

“America’s back — at COP, on the international stage as a leader in climate action and drawdown,” she said.

AOC went on to talk about the intersections of climate change, Indigenous and racial justice, and fossil fuel influence she observed before she ran for Congress while protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline in 2016. She also discussed how she now sees those themes reflected in the climate program the Biden administration is bringing to the international stage.

The U.S. is “not just back,” she said. “We’re different, and we’re more just, and we’re more open to questioning what is politically possible.”

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