Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) was caught in a viral political prank, in which he appears to praise a voter who tells him a horrific story about shooting at immigrants. Gosar goes even further, assuring his apparent supporter that there’s a coalition of others ready to spring into action.
Gosar, a far-right Republican who has been called out before for associating with white supremacists, was one of the targets of a new undercover political web show called The Undercurrent. The clip is reminiscent of other political ‘sting’ and humor videos that have become popular over the past few election cycles.
The House Representative is not up for re-election this year but is still on the radar, not only for patterns of support for white supremacists but for his role in the events of January 6th, where he’s been implicated for allegedly attempting to sway Arizona officials to alter the outcome of the state’s election.
The new video, posted by Lauren Windsor and The Undercurrent, seems to show that he supports the most extremist fringes of his party when it comes to immigration and racial violence. He even hints that he’s aware of (and approving of) a larger movement for anti-immigrant violence.
You can watch the clip below to see an undercover journalist express support for Gosar, then claim that his family has been shooting at immigrants but is worried about jail time.
“They have more rights than we do,” says Gosar, who also has the right to not be the victim of gun violence.
When the reporter claims to have actually hit an immigrant, Gosar empathizes.
“Say a prayer, because this country needs you. There’s a lot of people ready to go into action.”
Given yet another chance to speak out against political and racial violence, Gosar instead doubles down, assuring the folks talking to him that if Kari Lake is elected as Governor, and carries out her promises, there will be a patrol on the border ensuring that anti-immigrant activists achieve their goals. (He doesn’t quite go so far as agreeing to support pardons for citizens convicted for shooting immigrants, though.)
Steph Bazzle covers politics and theocracy, always aiming for a world free from extremism and authoritarianism. Follow Steph on Twitter @imjustasteph.