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AZ Rep. Gosar faces criticism for anime attack on Rep. Ocasio-Cortez

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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2013 file photo shows Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. is seen in Mesa, Ariz. Gosar says the head of the Environmental Protection Agency should be impeached. Gosar accuses EPA administrator Gina McCarthy of lying to Congress about an agency rule to protect small streams, tributaries and wetlands. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

Arizona congressman Paul Gosar is facing criticism after he tweeted a video that included altered animation showing him striking congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with a sword.

In a tweet Monday night, Ocasio-Cortez said Gosar “shared a fantasy video of him killing me.” She added that Gosar would face no consequences because Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy “cheers him on with excuses.” Gosar posted the video Sunday afternoon with a note saying: “Any anime fans out there?”

The roughly 90-second video is an altered version of a Japanese anime series, interspersed with shots of border patrol officers and migrants at the southern U.S. border. In one scene, Gosar’s character is seen striking one made to look like Ocasio-Cortez in the neck.