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Gosar’s brother commends Ocasio-Cortez, calls brother ‘dangerous’

The brother of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday commended Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her speech calling for the Arizona lawmaker to be censured for posting an anime video depicting violence against the New York congresswoman while also calling his sibling “dangerous.”

Ocasio-Cortez delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor minutes before the lower chamber voted to censure Gosar for sharing the violent anime video calling on her colleagues to make clear that they will not stand for provocations of violence against members of Congress.

“What is so hard about saying that this is wrong? This is not about me. This is not about Rep. Gosar. But this is about what we are willing to accept,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

Asked by MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace what was going through his head while listening to Ocasio-Cortez’s speech, Tim Gosar, who has been critical of his brother in the past, said Ocasio-Cortez was “powerful, succinct and spot on.”

“Saying what matters and what is important and what is true and accurate, so I commend her and hope people are listening,” Tim Gosar added before calling his brother “dangerous” and calling on him to be expelled from Congress. 

The House voted mostly along party lines Wednesday to censure Paul Gosar in response to the video he posted, which sparked backlash from Democrats and was ultimately deleted from his Twitter account. He has since argued that the video was symbolic of a debate over immigration.

Only two Republicans, Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.), joined the entire Democratic caucus to support the censure resolution.

Paul Gosar’s siblings have frequently spoken out about their brother’s conduct in Congress, blasting him in op-eds and on cable news shows and at times calling for his resignation or expulsion.

Tim Gosar on Wednesday said it is “disappointing” that they are in this position but said it comes down a choice of “do you support somebody that’s reckless, that’s dangerous, that’s unhinged, or do you step up and work for the soul of our country and promote our democracy in the future for our kids?”

“I think there is no choice given those two,” Tim Gosar added.

“I believe he’s dangerous, unhinged and is reckless and is somebody that, as we’ve I’ve said before, needs to not only be censored, but he needs to be expelled,” he added of his brother. “And if at the end of that process, if he gets expelled and criminal charges are warranted, then criminal charges to be brought as well.” 

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