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In MAGAland, extremism in defense of extremism is no vice

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Paul Gosar, everybody:

House Republican leaders won’t say whether they will discipline Rep. Paul Gosar for sharing a photoshopped anime video that depicted him killing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democrat. They also haven’t said anything publicly criticizing their fellow member of Congress.

And Gosar, after more than a day of criticism from Democrats over the video, is sticking with a vigorous defense, saying it wasn’t meant to “espouse violence” against anyone but instead suggesting it symbolically depicts arguments over policy in Congress.

“This video is truly a symbolic portrayal of a fight over immigration policy,” he said in a statement Tuesday night. He went on to attack Ocasio-Cortez’s stance on the issue.

A Republican source told BuzzFeed News that House GOP leadership had reached out to Gosar’s office and asked that he release a statement, but it was not clear if what the lawmaker put out was what they had in mind.

BuzzFeed News reached out to all three offices for members of House Republican leadership: Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Steve Scalise, and Elise Stefanik. None of them immediately responded to multiple requests for comment, and none answered questions about disciplining Gosar.

It’s actually about ethics in gaming journalism.

Of course, the Republican conference isn’t completely quiescent; they’re willing to get it together to discipline members for…voting for infrastructure legislation.

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