Pelosi calls for ethics, criminal investigations into Gosar

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Dems look to repackage BBB into salvageable bill The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden clarifies his remarks on Russia Democrats hope to salvage Biden's agenda on Manchin's terms  MORE (D-Calif.) is calling for a series of investigations into Rep. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarJan. 6 committee subpoenas leaders of 'America First' movement Lawmakers coming under increased threats — sometimes from one another McCarthy says he'll strip Dems of committee slots if GOP wins House MORE after the Arizona Republican took to Twitter this week to advertise violence against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThese Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Missouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 Louisiana Rep. Troy Carter announces positive COVID-19 test MORE (D-N.Y.) and President BidenJoe BidenNew York woman arrested after allegedly spitting on Jewish children Former Sen. Donnelly confirmed as Vatican ambassador Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE

The Speaker is also urging House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyEffort to overhaul archaic election law wins new momentum Watch: GOP leaders discuss Biden's first year in office House GOP leaders vow to end proxy voting despite widespread Republican use MORE (R-Calif.) to join Democrats in backing investigations into Gosar by both the House Ethics Committee and outside law enforcement agencies.

"Threats of violence against Members of Congress and the President of the United States must not be tolerated," Pelosi tweeted Tuesday. "@GOPLeader should join in condemning this horrific video and call on the Ethics Committee and law enforcement to investigate."


Gosar set off a firestorm of controversy on Monday when he tweeted an animated video depicting himself and other Republicans as heroic warriors fighting against Democrats, interspersed with footage of migrants arriving at the southern U.S. border.

The video features characters from a Japanese-style anime series, their faces replaced with pictures of Gosar and two other conservative firebrands — Reps. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertBoebert asked Jewish visitors to Capitol if they were doing 'reconnaissance': report GOP Reps. Greene, Clyde accrue nearly 0K in combined mask fines Rand Paul cancels DirecTV subscription after it drops OAN MORE (R-Colo.) and Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) — who bound around with various weapons. In one scene, Gosar's character executes another character, doctored to depict Ocasio-Cortez, by striking her in the back of the neck with a sword.


In another, Gosar confronts Biden head-on with two swords drawn.

In promoting the video to his Twitter followers, Gosar asked, "Any anime fans out there?"

The video has sparked yet another national debate over speech and civility in political discourse, as well as the role of the tech giants in policing the content that appears under their labels. Twitter, facing backlash, declined to remove Gosar's video but has attached a warning label to it.

Gosar is already under fire for his role in promoting former President TrumpDonald TrumpJudge rules Alaska governor unlawfully fired lawyer who criticized Trump Giuliani led fake electors plot: CNN Giuliani associate sentenced to a year in prison in campaign finance case MORE's lie that the 2020 election was stolen, and he is among the Republicans expected to be called to testify in the bipartisan investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

That attack has led to rampant distrust between the parties on Capitol Hill, where the fear of more violence is palpable even 11 months later. And other Democratic leaders quickly joined Pelosi in urging McCarthy to take action against Gosar for tweeting out the anime violence.


“In any other job in America, if a coworker made a video killing another coworker, that person would be fired," the four leaders of the Democrats' policy and communications team, Reps. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightNew York House Democrat tests positive for COVID-19 Dearborn office of Rep. Debbie Dingell vandalized With Build Back Better, Dems aim to correct messaging missteps MORE (Pa.), Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellProtecting seniors from guardianship fraud and abuse Nunes formally resigns from Congress Lawmakers in both parties to launch new push on Violence Against Women Act MORE (Mich.), Ted LieuTed W. LieuBass raises nearly million since launching LA mayor campaign Space race needs better cybersecurity  Buttigieg touts supply achievements at ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach MORE (Calif.) and Joe NeguseJoseph (Joe) NeguseCO lawmakers ask DOJ to investigate police's knowledge about alleged shooter Biden addresses Coloradans after wildfires: 'Incredible courage and resolve' Overnight Energy & Environment — Virginia gears up for fight on Trump-era official MORE (Colo.), said Tuesday in a statement. "Mr. McCarthy needs to decide whether he will finally stand with the American people on the side of law and order or he will continue to support violence and chaos.”

Neither Gosar's office nor McCarthy's responded Tuesday to requests for comment.

Ocasio-Cortez responded Monday night in a tweet of her own, saying "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," she added, "bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses."

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats call on Biden administration to ease entry to US for at-risk Afghans Predictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure Voting rights and Senate wrongs MORE (D-N.Y.) was much more terse.

"What a disgusting video from a pathetic man," he said of Gosar.