|U.S. Representative from Arizona's 4th Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2013 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former U.S. Representative from Arizona's 1st Congressional District|
From: January 3, 2011 – January 3, 2013
Paul Anthony Gosar, born November 27, 1958 (age 64), is an America First Republican U.S. Representative from Arizona's 4th congressional district. Gosar defeated incumbent Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick in the 2010 Midterm Elections in Arizona's 1st district, and won again in the 4th district in 2012. He is a member of the Natural Resources Committee and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. He is an ally and supporter of President Trump, standing up against the 2020 election fraud, and has received Trump's endorsement. He holds strong conservative policies, and as such, is smeared as "far-right" by the establishment.
Gosar received a D.D.S. from Creighton Boyne School of Dentistry and owned his own dentistry practice for 25 years.
In early November 2021, Gosar tweeted an edited cartoon video of a scene from anime series Attack on Titan, humorously edited to depict him attacking an image of Joe Biden and slaying an evil witch portrayed as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. This generated immense backlash from congressional Democrats and mainstream media. The majority Democrat House used this as a flimsy excuse to censure him, in violation of Gosar's First Amendment rights. Gosar removed the video and responded to the censure vote in a statement given on the House floor, saying:
|“|| ...I do not espouse violence towards anyone. I never have. It was not my purpose to make anyone upset. I voluntarily took the cartoon down, not because it was itself a threat, but because some thought it was. Out of compassion for those who generally felt offense, I self-censored. Last week my staff posted a video depicting a policy battle regarding amnesty for tens of millions of illegal aliens. This is an enemy that speaks to young voters who are too often overlooked. Even Twitter, the left's mouthpiece, did not remove the cartoon, noting it was in the public's interest for it to remain the cartoon directly contributes to the understanding and the discussion of the real-life battle resulting from this administration's open border policies
this body is considering passage of Mr. Biden's reckless socialist marxist $4.9 trillion spending bill that provides 100 billion dollars for amnesty to tens of millions of illegal aliens already in this country. This is what the left doesn't want the American people to know. Our country is suffering from the plague of illegal immigration. I don't stop pointing this out nor will I. Millions of illegal aliens drugs and human traffickers are being led in and moved around our country in the dead of night all condoned by this administration. For this cartoon, some in congress suggest i should be punished. I have said decisively there is no threat in the cartoon other than the threat that immigration poses to our country, and no threat was intended by my staff or me. The American people deserve to have their voices heard in congress. No matter how much the left tries to quiet me, I will continue to speak out against amnesty for illegal aliens, defend the rule of law and advance the American first agenda. if i must join Alexander Hamilton, the first person attempted to be censured by this house, so be it; it is done. Madame speaker, I yield back.
Gosar later re-tweeted the same video minutes after the vote.
- Rep. Paul Gosar: Defund NPR for Failing to Report News About Hunter Biden Scandal
- Chamberlain, Samuel (November 9, 2021). Calls grow for action against GOP Rep. Paul Gosar, who tweeted ‘sick’ anime video against AOC, Biden. New York Post. Retrieved November 9, 2021.
- Paul Gosar retweets same video aimed at AOC after House censures him – report The Guardian