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Congressman calls Dem critic ‘little bitch’ in Twitter spat

By: - April 4, 2019 11:09 am

U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-AZ. Photo by Gage Skidmore | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Republican Congressman Paul Gosar responded to an attack from a Democratic activist by calling him a “little bitch” on Twitter.

Steve Weichert, an unsuccessful Democratic legislative candidate in the 2018 election, harshly criticized Gosar on Twitter on Wednesday over his proposal to designate civil rights and farm workers’ rights activist Cesar Chavez’s birthday as “National Border Control Day.” Weichert tweeted a link to an Arizona Republic story about the proposal, commenting, “This man is a pig and unworthy of the office he now holds.”

Gosar responded directly to Weichert, calling him “ignorant of history and a liar,” saying the Democrat calls for more bipartisanship in Washington, D.C., and at the state Capitol, then calls him a “pig.”

“What a little bitch,” Gosar wrote in the conclusion of his tweet.

Thursday morning, Gosar was at it again. The congressman retweeted a comment from a conservative Twitter activist who had been feuding with Weichert over his initial broadside against Gosar. Along with his retweet, Gosar included the comment, “Porn loving whiny bitch @SteveWeichert schooled here. Boom.”

Gosar has since deleted his second tweet, which was sent from his personal account, @DrPaulGosar, not the official account of his congressional office, @RepGosar.

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A screenshot of Rep. Paul Gosar’s deleted tweet. Screenshot via Twitter.

Tom Van Flein, Gosar’s chief of staff, provided a statement from the congressman doubling down on his tweets.

“The tweets speak for themselves. Weichert’s amazing historical revisionism is exceeded only by his ignorance. The point of this cultural battle is to note guys like Weichert claim they want ‘civility’ and ‘bipartisanship’ but then go around calling names. If you act like a whiny socialist b$&@h be prepared to be called out,” Gosar told the Mirror through his chief of staff.

The two tweets against Weichert are the latest in a series of erratic behavior from Gosar, who is in his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

During a recent congressional hearing, Gosar accused Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former attorney, of being untruthful, criticizing him with the schoolyard taunt, “Liar, liar, pants on fire.” In January, he accused a Republic reporter of defaming newly elected Arizona Republican Party Chairwoman Kelli Ward by calling her a “bomb-thrower,” which he claimed was a literal accusation that she’d hurled explosives.

Last year, Gosar traveled to London to speak in favor of anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson. Authorities in Great Britain jailed Robinson for illegally broadcasting a trial. In a 2017 interview with HBO, he spread a baseless fringe conspiracy theory that a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which left one person dead, was actually planned by a supporter of former President Barack Obama, and another conspiracy that liberal financier George Soros sold out his fellow Jews to the Nazis during the Holocaust.  

In response to Democratic members of Congress who planned to bring guests to the State of the Union who were in the country illegally, Gosar publicly urged Capitol Police to check guests’ identification and arrest anyone who wasn’t legally in the United States. In 2015, Gosar boycotted Pope Francis’s speech to Congress on climate change over the pontiff’s views on the issue.

Gosar’s siblings have been publicly critical of him. Six of his siblings appeared in a campaign ad for Gosar’s Democratic opponent in the 2018 election.

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Jeremy Duda
Jeremy Duda

Jeremy Duda is a Phoenix native and began his career in journalism in 2003 after graduating from the University of Arizona. Jeremy Duda previously served as the Mirror's associate Editor. Prior to joining the Arizona Mirror, he worked at the Arizona Capitol Times, where he spent eight years covering the Governor's Office and two years as editor of the Yellow Sheet Report. Before that, he wrote for the Hobbs News-Sun of Hobbs, NM, and the Daily Herald of Provo, Utah. Jeremy is also the author of the history book “If This Be Treason: the American Rogues and Rebels Who Walked the Line Between Dissent and Betrayal.”