Paul Gosar Knew He Should 'Keep On Going' When 'Marxist' Siblings Disavowed Anime Video

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Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) insisted that criticism from his "Marxist" siblings over an anime video depicting him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) with a sword meant that he should "keep on going." Gosar is pictured speaking during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on July 27, 2021. Drew Angerer/Getty

Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has credited his "Marxist" siblings for "screaming and squealing" about a video showing him killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) as inspiration to "keep on going."

Gosar was censured and removed from his House committee assignments last month over tweeting the edited anime video, which depicts him killing Ocasio-Cortez with a sword before turning the blade towards President Joe Biden. The Arizona Republican initially deleted the video from Twitter shortly after controversy ensued. However, he quickly reversed course, praising the video and sharing it in another tweet minutes after being censured.

In an interview with Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) that was released as part of the Firebrand podcast on Thursday, Gosar defended the video again. The congressman insisted that the doctored anime was intended to "engage people differently" about immigration policies. He fondly recalled when "the hits came flying in" for the video, touting "3 million hits in less than 24 hours." Gosar agreed with Gaetz that the video would not have "drawn the ire of Democrats" if it "wasn't so successful in its reach."

"It wouldn't have [upset Democrats if it were less successful]," Gosar said. "What I've noticed is the Democrats start squealing and screaming. And I can tell your audience: I've got seven siblings that are Marxists. And when they start squealing and crying I know I'm over the bombing site, so [I] stay there and keep on going."

Several of Gosar's siblings did disavow the video and blast their brother after he posted it. Jennifer Gosar, the congressman's youngest sibling, called him "a sociopath" while urging Congress to hold him "accountable" during a CNN interview last month. Jennifer celebrated his censure during a later interview with MSNBC, adding that she hoped the move was "not the end" of his punishment.

Gosar's siblings have called for him to be expelled from Congress or otherwise punished this year for reasons that include backing former President Donald Trump's false claims of massive 2020 election fraud, minimizing the January 6 attack on the Capitol, downplaying the COVID-19 pandemic and making false and antisemitic comments about the 2017 Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

His brother Dave Gosar told NBC News in June that the congressman was a "traitor" to his country and family who had "disgraced and dishonored himself." At least seven of Gosar's nine siblings have spoken out against him since he launched his political career after decades as a dentist in Arizona.

Six siblings actively campaigned against him in 2018, appearing in an ad urging Arizona voters to back his opponent. Gosar, who serves a heavily Republican district, won re-election that year regardless.

Gosar lamented the rift with his siblings in a SiriusXM interview after he was censured, insisting that he had done "nothing" that should have resulted in criticism from his family members.

"I've got seven siblings that are horrific to me," Gosar said. "I mean, they've done everything. They've called me every name in the book. And yet I have done nothing, nothing to them at all."

"I have done nothing irrational," he added. "I've done nothing physically, I've never harmed them, I've never done anything. So, that should tell you the caliber of the person you're talking to."