US lawmaker’s anime video of swinging swords at Joe Biden flagged by Twitter
- Republican lawmaker Paul Gosar shared an anime video depicting him swinging swords at Joe Biden, Alexandria-Ocasio Cortez
- The 92-second-long clip was flagged by Twitter as “hateful conduct”
- Twitter has restricted engagement with the tweet
A Twitter post by US lawmaker Paul Gosar was flagged by the platform Tuesday as it showed an anime video depicting him swinging swords at US President Joe Biden and Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Twitter attached a warning label to the post and said that it violated its “hateful conduct” policy and restricted engagement to the tweet. The tweet can not be liked, replied to or retweeted.
Twitter, however, decided to keep the tweet in the public domain because “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”.
The video, which is 90 seconds long, was shared by the Republican lawmaker on Sunday and is interspersed actual footage of US Border Patrol officers rounding up migrants at the US-Mexico border. The video seems to be an altered version of a Japanese anime series and depicts Gosar along with Republican lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Green and Lauren Boebert fighting a towering “Titan”.
Gosar’s tweet comes amid his recent claims that he desires to end immigration to the United States entirely.
A spokesperson for Paul Gosar issued a statement saying, “We made an anime video. Everyone needs to relax. The left doesn’t get meme culture. They have no joy. They are not the future. It’s a cartoon. Gosar can’t fly and he does not own any light sabers.” The spokesperson said that the video was about “fighting for the truth”.
The video was widely condemned by several US politicians and social media users. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, one of the politicians targeted in the video, responded saying that the video was posted by a “creepy member I work with” and added that she did not expect any consequences for Paul Gosar from the Republican leader of the House of Representatives.
Ilhan Omar, another Democratic representative, said, “This man should not serve in Congress.” “Fantasising about violently attacking your colleagues has no place in our political discourse and society,” she said.