Twitter added a warning label to the video, saying it violated its “hateful conduct” policy. It also restricted engagement with the tweet.
“I will always fight for the rule of law, securing our borders and defending the America First agenda,” Gosar said in a statement emailed to Reuters.
The Arizona Republican, a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump, voted against certifying Biden’s 2020 election victory, has backed Trump’s claims of a stolen election and has described Trump supporters who attacked the Capitol on January 6 as “peaceful patriots.”
Ocasio-Cortez responded to Gosar’s tweet with a Twitter thread noting the video posted by a “creepy member I work with,” and said she expected no consequences for Gosar from the House Republican leader.
Other Democrats called for Gosar to leave office.
“In any other job in America, if a coworker made a video killing another coworker, that person would be fired,” members of the House Democratic Policy and Communications Committee said in a statement.
The 90-second video shared by Gosar on Sunday appears to be an altered version of a Japanese animated series.
Twitter said in a notification attached above the tweet that it had determined “it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”.