A congressman tweeted out an altered video depicting him killing AOC.

What other workplace would allow this?

Lauren Elizabeth

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Of all the lawmakers in the democratic party who might frustrate people on the right and their legislators alike, few earn their ire more than Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Recently however, the anger and rhetoric took it to another level when a fellow congressman shared an altered anime video that depicted him literally killing AOC.

Representative Ted Lieu tweeted a screen grab of the video that had been shared by Paul Gosar’s personal as well as his professional account, writing:

“This is sick behavior from Rep. Paul Gosar. He tweeted out the video showing him killing Rep. Ocasio-Cortez from both his official account and personal account. In any workplace in America, if a coworker made an anime video killing another coworker, that person would be fired.”

I mean, of course this is true.

Where else would this be acceptable? Where else would someone be able to do this to their coworker and get away with it? Where else would someone be expected to go to work with someone who shared a video depicting not only their death, but of that person killing them?

Of course, this isn’t the first time Paul Gosar has made headlines. Who can forget the fact that he was famous for virtually his entire family filming ads begging people not to vote for him, and is considered a top instigator and potential planner of the January 6th insurrection.

Frankly, this speaks to just how little accountability there is for those on the right, and those in positions of power in particular. As frustrated as I might be with corporate democrats and their refusal to acknowledge the fact that their utter failure to deliver for the American people will cause disaster, there is absolutely no way this behavior would be accepted from lawmakers within their party. And yet, when it comes to the right, conduct like this is either excused, or celebrated.

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Lauren Elizabeth

Lauren is a writer & leftist with analysis on topics related to politics & policy. She can be reached at LaurenMartinchek@gmail.com or Twitter @xlauren_mx