Gosar's brothers apologize 'on behalf of the actual sane members of our family'

Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarReporter: Gosar's immigration proposal shows lack of 'unifying theme' for GOP opposition Gaetz, Greene and Gohmert turned away from jail to visit Jan. 6 defendants Five takeaways from a bracing day of Jan. 6 testimony MORE’s (R-Ariz.) brothers on Thursday apologized "on behalf of the actual sane members" of the Gosar family for the Arizona Republican's false claims about the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

During an interview on CNN’s “New Day,” David Gosar thanked Capitol Police for their “bravery and heroism on that day,” and then apologized for his brother, Paul.

“First off, I’d like to thank Officer Fanone and the other Capitol Hill police officers for their bravery and heroism on that day,” David Gosar said, referring to an officer who was injured during the riot.

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“And on behalf of the actual sane members of our family — which is everyone but Paul — we apologize on behalf of our family to him for [Gosar’s] despicable comments and disgraceful conduct through this whole incident,” he said.

Paul Gosar, a staunch supporter of former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump PACs brought in over M for the first half of 2021 Chicago owes Trump M tax refund, state's attorney mounts legal challenge Biden hits resistance from unions on vaccine requirement MORE, has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the Capitol riot.

The Arizona Republican recently came under fire for suggesting during a House hearing that Ashli Babbitt, whom police shot during the breach, was “executed" by Capitol Police.

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He was also one of 21 House Republicans to vote against legislation awarding the police officers who defended the Capitol the Congressional Gold Medals, one of the highest civilian honors.

Paul Gosar’s siblings have campaigned against their brother, and are featured in an ad calling on people not to support him because of the Capitol breach.

Adding to David Gosar’s remarks, Tim Gosar said that it’s hard to “get back to truth” once you’ve become a “pathological liar.”

“Once you lose your focus on the truth, once you become someone that peddles in lies, once you become basically a snake-oil salesman ... the truth is a very slippery thing to get your arms around," he said. "It’s really hard to go back to the truth once you’ve become a pathological liar like Paul has become.”

During a separate interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, Paul Gosar’s sister, Jennifer Gosar, suggested that her brother finds it convenient to keep spreading lies about the Capitol riot.

“The convenience with which Paul finds stories to fuel his anger, his hate and his bigotry. Does he believe it all? I think he probably doesn’t, but it's so convenient and he keeps telling himself that, that he’s able to find the anger and fuel his rhetoric,” Jennifer Gosar said.