Paul Anthony Gosar is an American far-right Congressman, representing Arizona’s 9th district. Throughout his political career, Gosar has been at the center of multiple controversial incidents due to his openly antisemitic and violent views. This has resulted in his removal from multiple committee assignments in Congress.
Gosar has also engaged in “meme culture” on his Twitter account, including the #DarkMAGA movement, which has ties to neo-Nazi meme culture and often expresses violent desires towards perceived enemies. These actions and associations have drawn criticism and raised concerns about Gosar’s stance on antisemitism and white supremacist ideologies. Many of these accounts found in “meme culture” push the “great replacement theory” which suggests minorities are replacing white Americans. This ideology spurred multiple mass shootings, including the 2018’s Pittsburg Tree of Life Synagogue massacre to carry out his attacks.
In 2021, Gosar publicly supported the activities of Vincent James Foxx, a well-known white nationalist who assumed the role of an unofficial propagandist for a neo-Nazi fight club. A few years prior, Gosar even shared the stage at a white nationalist conference with Foxx and former “Antisemite of the Week” Nick Fuentes, a Holocaust-denier and promoter of antisemitic ideologies. This made Gosar the first sitting politician to participate in such an event.
In October 2022, Gosar tweeted to his supporters to “Pray for Kanye West. They will throw everything they have at him simply for speaking the truth” in response to Kanye’s online threats against the Jewish people.
In April 2023, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Gosar promoted an antisemitic website that praised him for condemning “Jewish warmongers.” This website espouses antisemitic conspiracies, denies the Holocaust, and lauds Hitler as a “courageous figure”.
His anti-Jewish rhetoric has drawn national and even familial criticism. Six of Gosar’s siblings have spoken out against his antisemitic ways. His brother is quoted saying, “It is extremely upsetting to have to call you out on this, Paul, but you’ve forced our hand with your deceit and antisemitic dog whistle.”
Denying the historical reality, extent, methods, or deliberate nature of the genocide committed against the Jewish people by Nazi Germany and its collaborators during World War II are all examples of antisemitism according to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. Antisemites like Paul Gosar must never be allowed to serve in Government and we urge the people of Arizona’s 9th District to VOTE him out of office in this next election cycle.