A Republican congressman tweeted a digitally edited video that shows an anime-style version of him slashing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and lunging with two swords at President Joe Biden.
Rep. Paul Gosar, Re-Tx., was slammed for posting the strange video and flagged by Twitter for violating the social media platforms rules about hateful conduct.
But the video is still visible with a message now affixed to the tweet saying Twitter “determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
The video shared Sunday is a take on “Attack on Titan,” created by Hajime Isayama, according to The Hill.
“Any anime fans out there?” Gosar wrote in the post with the 92-second video, which also splices footage of migrants at the border.
In one scene, Gosar’s face is pasted to an animated figure that jumps in the air and stabs a larger character with AOC’s face. Later, the Gosar character jumps at a giant Biden with two swords ready to strike.
Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Ca. called the post “sick behavior.”
“He tweeted out the video showing him killing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez from both his official account and personal account,” Lieu posted on Twitter Monday.
“In any workplace in America, if a coworker made an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be fired.”
AOC, a New York Democrat, blasted the video in a series of Tweets from Scotland, where she had just arrived.
“So while I was en route to Glasgow, a creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups shared a fantasy video of him killing me,” AOC said.
“And he’ll face no consequences bc @GOPLeader cheers him on with excuses,” she said. “Fun Monday! Well, back to work bc institutions don’t protect woc.”