On Tuesday, The Independent reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has complained she will be forced to fundraise to hire extra security following a tweet by Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) depicting a fantasy anime sequence of him murdering her and brandishing swords at President Joe Biden.
"Democratic Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York said threatening images like the one Rep Paul Gosar of Arizona tweeted last week means members like her have to raise more money for security," reported Eric Garcia. "Ms Ocasio-Cortez's words comes after Mr Gosar tweeted a video of the opening credits to the anime Attack on Titan that featured Mr Gosar killing a monster that had Ms Ocasio-Cortez's head on it."
"It's ludicrous," Ocasio-Cortez added of the situation.
Gosar took down the tweet at the reported urging of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) but has insisted there was never any violent intent behind it, and it was only symbolic of a political war in the country. House Democrats are drafting plans to censure Gosar, and possibly strip him of committee assignments — the same punishment meted out on Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) after it surfaced she endorsed social media posts calling for killing prominent Democrats.
This comes as other members of Congress report being targeted with violent threats, with Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) receiving an expletive ridden call wishing death on his family for voting on Biden's infrastructure bill.