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AOC, GOP Rep. Gosar talking in House has Twitter abuzz

Maybe they were burying the hatchet.

Cameras caught progressive darling Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) chatting cordially with far-right firebrand Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) during Tuesday’s marathon House speaker vote — 14 months after Gosar was censured and stripped of his committee assignments for attacking the “Squad” member.

Gosar had tweeted a video on Nov. 7, 2021 depicting himself as an anime character assassinating AOC and charging President Biden.

In response, the House voted to formally rebuke Gosar as Ocasio-Cortez accused him of promoting “racist misogyny.”

“Does anyone in this chamber find this behavior acceptable?” Ocasio-Cortez asked during the censure debate. “Would you allow depictions of violence against women, against colleagues, would you you allow that in your home? You think this should happen on a school board? In a city council? In a church? And if it’s not acceptable there, why should it be accepted here?”

Rep. Paul Gosar in November 2021 posted an anime-style video on Twitter showing him slashing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Rep. Paul Gosar in November 2021 posted an anime-style video on Twitter showing him slashing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

In a direct response to Gosar’s posting, Ocasio-Cortez called the Republican a “creepy member I work with who fundraises for Neo-Nazi groups [and who] shared a fantasy video of him killing me.”

On Tuesday, however, the two ideological opposites sat next to each other in the chamber — with Ocasio-Cortez nodding her head as Gosar gestured, apparently trying to make a point to the Democrat. 

It’s not known what the lawmakers were discussing, but Twitter users were fascinated by the odd pairing.

“[T]his is quite the conversation,” said journalist Aaron Rupar on Twitter.

Philip Bump, a columnist for the Washington Post, noted: “AOC and Gosar chatting on the CSPAN feed, which is unexpected.”

“Any body language or lip-reading experts wanna weigh in on this conversation between AOC and Paul Gosar just now?” Daily Wire senior editor Cabot Phillips said on the social media platform.   

“Best Anime series?” joked user @Bri4Change1, referencing the source of prior strife between the two.

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